Our Stories

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.

August 19, 2018
Prevention is better than cure. We all know that, right? For example, it is better to quit smoking than to treat lung disease. We use seat belts, helmets and life jackets to prevent injury and death. The list goes on. We know that waiting to step in until after a problem has arisen can make... Read more
August 6, 2018
When conflicts break out or disasters strike, millions of families turn to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for medical relief. We are granting MSF €21 million to provide medical care in emergencies—including trauma care, life-saving surgeries, maternity and paediatric services, and primary healthcare. (Photo credit above: Mosul, Iraq. MSF/Louise Annaud) We have worked with MSF since 2013... Read more
June 20, 2018
Passports. Birth certificates. Cherished photographs. Beloved family members. Friends. Pets. Many people are forced to leave behind all these things and more when they are threatened and forced out from their homes and communities. But no matter what they leave behind, they all bring similar things with them wherever they go: Skills. Talents. Aspirations. Sadly, many... Read more
June 6, 2018
No matter what threatens children’s safety—from violence to natural disasters—Save the Children steps in to protect children and help them continue their educations. The IKEA Foundation has recently given Save the Children four emergency grants, totalling €530,000, to help children and families survive life-threatening situations and begin to look toward the future again. Read more
May 28, 2018
During emergencies, children need protection and support from well-trained humanitarian workers. To help this happen, the IKEA Foundation supports Save the Children’s work to give humanitarian professionals the tools they need to protect children when they need it most. We have been supporting this vital work since 2015 and are now pleased to announce a... Read more
May 23, 2018
Tomorrow is an exciting day for the winners of last year’s Climate Action Challenge! After months of designing inspirational and practical ways to fight climate change and help people cope with its effects, the winning teams will finally get a chance to present their prototypes and business plans to potential investors at this year’s What... Read more
May 2, 2018
When disasters and conflicts turn children’s lives upside down, our partners need quick access to cash to provide lifesaving help. That’s why the IKEA Foundation supports Save the Children with emergency funding, so they can send staff to hard-hit communities within 24 hours. This ongoing partnership, which began in 2013, has helped over 300,000 children... Read more
April 22, 2018
  Can you remember the last time you had a power cut—looking for the candles, cooking in their dim light and getting annoyed when you realised all your digital clocks were flashing 00:00? At the back of your mind, however, you knew the frustration wouldn’t last long…that, eventually, the power would come back on. According... Read more
March 20, 2018
It’s time to celebrate all the wonderful things our partners achieved for children in 2017! Today—the International Day of Happiness—we are launching our bright and cheerful annual review, Brighter Futures, to celebrate some of our partners’ greatest stories from 2017. Brighter Futures focuses on new grants that we gave in 2017 and some big achievements... Read more
March 8, 2018
On International Women’s Day, the IKEA Foundation is proud to announce a new grant for €3.5 million to support our partner PRADAN with its successful women’s empowerment programme in India. PRADAN helps women living in rural communities in India to organise themselves into strong self-help groups. These groups give them a stronger voice within their... Read more
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