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.

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
February 5, 2018
More than half a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh since last August, in what the United Nations calls the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. In September the IKEA Foundation gave Save the Children a €1 million grant to provide relief items as well as education and protection... Read more
January 29, 2018
With great sadness, we heard today that our founder, Ingvar Kamprad, passed away last night. Ingvar achieved many incredible things in his life and had a tremendous passion for working hard to achieve—in his words—“a glorious future”. Our CEO, Per Heggenes, said: “One of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century, Ingvar inspired and challenged... Read more
December 28, 2017
As families all over the world come together for the holiday period, the IKEA Foundation is donating 150,000 mattresses to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), for vulnerable families living within Syria. By providing the mattresses, we are helping children and families who have lost everything during the conflict have a more comfortable place to sleep... Read more
November 20, 2017
The IKEA Foundation has given emergency grants to partners Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to help families affected by a typhoon in Vietnam and fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Typhoon and flood in Vietnam Typhoon Damrey hit Vietnam on 4 November. During 16 hours of raging winds, the typhoon... Read more
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