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We want to build a world where children living in poverty can create better futures for themselves and their families. Read our stories to find out how the programmes we fund help create more opportunities for children around the world.

March 13, 2017
Millions of children worldwide are enjoying happier, healthier childhoods, thanks to €142 million in grants that the IKEA Foundation gave its partners in 2016. The Foundation’s 2016 annual review, published today, shares beautiful photos and inspiring stories from throughout the year, particularly highlighting how grants are helping refugee children and... Read more
March 8, 2017
It’s International Women’s Day, and we’re celebrating the achievements of millions of women who are making a better life for themselves and their children, thanks to the programmes we fund. The IKEA Foundation believes that women can be the most powerful agents for change in their children’s lives. By empowering... Read more
February 23, 2017
A merciless war is raging in Yemen, where families were already struggling to survive after years of poverty and instability. Since the conflict escalated in March 2015, over two million people have fled their homes, placing even more stress on the communities where they seek safety, denying children food and... Read more
January 30, 2017
The IKEA Foundation's temporary shelter designed for refugees has been named the 2016 Beazley Design of the Year, beating the artwork for David Bowie's final album and a robotic surgeon. Better Shelter was announced as the winner at an awards ceremony that took place at the Design Museum's new home in London last week. Read more
January 9, 2017
Around Asia and Africa, thousands of children are playing their way to a better life, thanks to the IKEA Foundation’s partners, co-workers and customers who got involved in the first Let’s Play for Change campaign. During the campaign period, IKEA co-workers and customers engaged in the cause, and an amazing 12.6 million IKEA children’s products were sold. Read more
December 21, 2016
Safety, food, healthcare and education—children who have fled turmoil in South Sudan urgently need all of these things. Thanks to a €320,000 grant from the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children will provide them for thousands of vulnerable children. Fighting and a lack of basic services in South Sudan have forced... Read more
December 16, 2016
Children have lost their homes, loved ones and sense of security after a series of deadly earthquakes and aftershocks have devastated parts of Indonesia’s Aceh province. The IKEA Foundation has given Save the Children an emergency grant of €100,000 so they can help children recover from the trauma and continue... Read more
December 1, 2016
We have given Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) €1 million to help victims of violence and displacement in Nigeria and is calling on other donors to support MSF’s work there. The conflict in northeastern Nigeria started in 2009. As a result of the fighting, countless families have been forced to flee their homes and have sought safety in overcrowded cities or camps for displaced people. Read more
November 20, 2016
Today—20 November—is Children’s Rights Day, and the IKEA Foundation is celebrating by launching a new campaign in IKEA stores to help more children enjoy their right to play. Play is at the heart of every happy childhood. It gives children the chance to find out about the world, learn how... Read more
October 25, 2016
The IKEA Foundation has given Save the Children two emergency grants to protect children fleeing fighting in Iraq and severe weather in the Philippines. The grants for €200,000 will help vulnerable children keep up their education in a safe environment. In the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of people have been... Read more
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