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Two Indian potters working on their potting wheels while being observed by other villagers.

© IKEA Foundation/Ritesh Uttamchandani

Fighting poverty and climate change

Every child has the right to a bright and healthy future. Unfortunately, for many children around the world poverty and the increasing effects of climate change stand in the way. The IKEA Foundation is working to generate opportunities for these children and create better lives for their families.

The IKEA Foundation was established by the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad. He wanted to take his vision of creating “a better everyday life for the many people” beyond offering well-designed, affordable furniture to IKEA customers. This shared vision continues to inspire the IKEA Foundation to this very day.

A multitude of solar panels mounted to the ground, situated in an arid plain.

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What is the IKEA Foundation?

The IKEA Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that provides grants for programmes that help families living in poverty afford a better everyday life, and fight and cope with climate change.

Families don’t just need financial stability. If they and their children are to thrive, they also need a healthy environment. This is why the IKEA Foundation’s commitments to helping families improve their incomes and to protecting the planet go hand in hand.

Children sitting around a table are drawing pictures of the earth.

© IKEA Foundation/Julia Mandle

What does the IKEA Foundation do?

The IKEA Foundation works to bring about substantial change that enables families living in poverty to create sustainable livelihoods and lessen the effects of climate change. Through long-term strategic partnerships with both large and small organisations, it aims to find innovative solutions and to inspire policymakers and other funders.

A Somali refugee, Kaha Abdula, reaching up to feel the papayas growing on her tree.

© UNHCR/Diana Diaz

When I first arrived here, I remember this area was full of weeds and bushes. But now everything is green, I would have never imagined it to be like this.

Kaha Abdula, Somali refugee

Kaha Abdula, 35, is a Somali refugee farmer who is benefiting from an irrigation and agriculture project supported by the IKEA Foundation.

A group of African women wearing brightly coloured clothes, are carrying large bundles of plants on their heads.

© IKEA Foundation/Els Remijn

Who funds the IKEA Foundation?

The IKEA Foundation is funded by Stichting Ingka Foundation, owner of the Ingka Group of companies. The IKEA Foundation is independent of the IKEA retail business. Its sole focus is creating brighter lives on a liveable planet.

To learn more about the exciting work the IKEA Foundation and its partners are doing visit their website or follow them on social media.

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