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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.

May 20, 2019
IKEA Foundation congratulates Start Network on becoming an independent organization and continues its funding of emergency relief through the Start Fund, Read more
May 13, 2019
It’s really encouraging when people find reasons for optimism about climate change after hearing about your work—especially if it comes from Vice President Al Gore. On 8 May, Mr. Gore spent time with the IKEA Foundation to discuss our climate action work and offer his advice. A prominent author and environmentalist, Mr. Gore’s work in... Read more
April 1, 2019
From now until 26 May, we are joining IKEA stores around the world to celebrate the everyday climate heroes who bring light and power to their communities. Worldwide, millions of impoverished families lack access to safe, reliable energy sources. Many are forced to rely on charcoal or firewood to light and heat their homes and... Read more
March 25, 2019
  The IKEA Foundation is happy to award a grant to SunFunder to help 6 million people across east and west Africa and India get to access renewable energy. SunFunder provides loans for solar energy companies that serve people and businesses in rural areas. By offering loans to emerging solar energy companies that struggle to... Read more
March 7, 2019
The IKEA Foundation and our partners are helping young women in poor communities grow their ambitions and learn the skills they need to find a job. As we head towards International Women’s Day (8 March 2019), we’ll be sharing the ambitions and achievements of young women living in some of the world’s poorest communities. We... Read more
February 25, 2019
The IKEA Foundation is establishing a €33 million endowment in memory of our founder, Ingvar Kamprad, for Lund University to develop the next generation of industrial-design professionals. By reaching beyond the traditional scope of industrial design to put people first, the Lund University School of Industrial Design has educated hundreds of industrial designers whose innovations... Read more
February 15, 2019
The IKEA Foundation and Going To School are partnering to help young people in Bihar learn the skills they need to find a job. Read more
February 13, 2019
IKEA Foundation awards Practical Action a €6.4 million grant to help smallholder farmers in Kenya The IKEA Foundation is happy to award Practical Action a grant of €6.4 million. It will be used to help young people in Kisumu and Homa Bay in Kenya to earn a decent income through sustainable farming and agricultural businesses.... Read more
January 16, 2019
Root Capital and the IKEA Foundation are announcing a new partnership, worth €4.8 million, to help 260,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda increase their income and adapt to climate change. The grant builds on the success of a previous partnership, through which Root Capital supported dozens of Kenyan agricultural businesses, helping them break... Read more
December 3, 2018
Today, as world leaders gather in Katowice, Poland for the UN climate summit (COP24), the IKEA Foundation is forging new partnerships to fight climate change. The summit gets underway in the wake of one of the starkest climate warnings so far. In a report published in September 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists said our... Read more
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