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Ikea and Its Wonderful Charitable Foundation

POLISARIO refugee camp - Western Sahara




I was browsing through the latest IKEA catalog that recently was delivered to our home this morning while my husband was using the computer.

Although we don't really need anything specific for our home at the moment, it is always fun to browse and see what this company has to offer by way of inexpensive home furnishings. They try and provide great value on items carried so that most people can afford their offerings.

Their in store restaurants also have excellent prices. Their stores are so huge that many people decide to take a break and also dine there.

On one of the pages of the catalog it had a desert looking scene. There was an outline of a white tent drawn and the caption at the top of the page read "Refugee children need a place to call home, too" which caught my attention.

Towards the bottom of the page it had this website:

Buduburam refugee camp



IKEA Foundation

I was unfamiliar with the IKEA Foundation but am now very impressed with the good work that they do after looking at their website. I invite you to do the same.

This IKEA company was founded back in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad in Almhult, Sweden. From humble beginnings it now has huge stores selling very affordable home furnishings in many countries around the world employing many people.

They serve as good stewards of the money that they take in as profits. In 1982 the IKEA Foundation was originated and is headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Looking at these photos of refugee camps, this is one mission that is near and dear to this foundations philosophy of helping refugee children and their families secure a safe place to call home.

What UNHCR does...


IKEA foundation teamed up with a UN Refugee Agency called UNHCR. That acronym stands for the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It was started back in 1950 by the United Nations.

Funding has helped to create improved shelters that last much longer than those often hastily thrown together with scraps of wood, metal or even straw. Often those are the only materials available to refugee families when they try to build their own shelters from searing sun, wind and rain.

Even tents are better than what some refugee families have to call home.

Clinton Health Access Initiative

Shelter, Medicine and More

Their mission goes beyond just helping to provide better shelters.

Among other things they try to accomplish the following:

  • Education for children is vitally important and one of their objectives.
  • They like to provide emergency relief after disasters.
  • Fighting against child labor is another objective of the IKEA Foundation.
  • One primary mission is to try and reconnect displaced families due to wars or other causes. Bringing families back together again is a comfort to everyone involved who has been impacted by disasters of any type. Children need their parents and parents function better when they know their children are safe and nearby.

IKEA Foundation is smart in how they distribute their resources. Often they team up with other established entities like Unicef.

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One such cause is the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Vitamins and life saving medicines can now be shared with people who previously had no access. Watch the video above to learn more.

Safe Drinking Water

Having safe water to drink is another focus and they recently granted money to help fund

I am so glad to have learned about some of the wonderful works that are being accomplished by the IKEA Foundation and their partners in helping these worthy causes.

I know that I will feel even better about shopping there in the future.

IKEA Foundation


© 2016 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2019:

Hello Shaloo Walia,

I agree that it is excellent when large organizations like IKEA help much needed social causes.

Shaloo Walia from India on July 13, 2019:

We didn't have Ikea stores here in India. Now they have opened one at Bangalore. I wasn't aware of all the charity work being done by them. It's good when big organizations come forward for social causes. Thanks for the informative hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 28, 2019:

Hi Dale,

Nice to know that you will feel better about shopping at IKEA due to their charities. (Smile)

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on May 28, 2019:

I had no idea. Ug! Now I will have to support my wife in her IKEA shopping. This depresses me because, previous to this article, I hated going there. But we have a pretty firm policy on supporting people and organizations that do good things. Ikea owes you for this, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2019:

Hi Aurelio,

Ikea does have good displays and it is a great place to get ideas. Their charitable works are truly admirable.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 22, 2019:

I enjoy shopping at Ikea because their room displays have a lot of good ideas. Now that you've pointed out their charitable works, it makes me admire the company even more.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 31, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

We have purchased a few things at Ikea through the years. It is fun just wandering through their stores. The fact that they put some of their net earnings towards helping others through their charitable efforts is really nice to know.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 30, 2018:

I have never shopped at Ikea and aslo had no idea of this charitable side to their business. Good to know thanks Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2017:

Hello manatita44,

It sounds as though you are involved with a large organization dedicated to helping people with many needed and useful items. That is wonderful!

manatita44 from london on June 03, 2017:

We -I'm part of a much larger international Centre - supply water-filters and are looking into other energy sources. Our other international aid includes educational, medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, computers, bicycles and school supplies.

All good wishes to you this weekend, my friend.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2017:

Hello manatita44,

Good drinking water is a necessity for everyone on this small earth of ours. I applaud IKEA's efforts to help provide it to those who do not have ready access to it. Thanks for your comment.

manatita44 from london on June 02, 2017:

Great to hear about IKEA's service to the less fortunate. Drinking water is a big necessity for many in some foreign countries and it is good that they are highlighting this need. Bravo!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2016:

Hi Patricia,

Enjoy your trip to IKEA. They also have super deals on meals purchased in their you can take a break and eat there as well. It is really nice to know that some of their profits goes to help others in such important ways. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 17, 2016:

Wow...Peggy....I had NO idea. And the fact that they make 'smart' decisions about their distribution and provisions of aid is key. We do not have an IKEA near us yet but my friends and I are making a pilgrimage to one in a few weeks.

Angels are once again on the way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2016:

Hi Audrey,

I was happy to learn about this also. Thanks for sharing this hub. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 14, 2016:

I'm glad to know that Ikea gives so much back. This is a great foundation. I also didn't know that Ikea originated in the Netherlands. Lots of good information Peggy.

Sharing and thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2016:

Hi BlossomSB,

The only piece of furniture we have from IKEA is our desk with extension and filing cabinet. They have held up well for many years and are very durable. Of course they sell many more things besides furniture.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2016:

Hi cat on a soapbox,

The desk I am working on right now was an IKEA purchase. It has held up well over the years. Always a good feeling when pieces fit together. You know since you have done quite a bit of that yourself. Thanks for the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2016:

Hi Frank,

I agree with you. Anyone shopping at IKEA should feel even better about making purchases there knowing that they spend a portion of their profits helping others in such important ways.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2016:

Hi Maren Morgan M-T,

Happy to be able to tell you good news like this! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2016:

Hi Alicia,

I agree with you! Just think of the wonderful things that could be accomplished if businesses would follow IKEA's charitable ideas.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on April 12, 2016:

Hi Peggy, Thank you for making us aware of the Ikea Foundation . I've always loved the innovation, affordability, quality, and customer service of Ikea. Putting things together also builds my confidence and makes me feel more involved in my home design. I'm delighted to find out how they generously reach out globally to help make improvements in people's lives.This is a great business model and another reason why I will continue to give them my loyal business. I will spread the word!

Take care!


Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on April 12, 2016:

I had no idea about the good that IKEA is doing. I've never shopped there as I've thought their goods are not very durable and I'd rather buy good quality second-hand furniture if I needed anything. Now I'll need to think again!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2016:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Yes, the charities that IKEA promotes are certainly those towards helping with basic needs. Everyone should have access to clean water as one example.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2016:

Hi Jackie,

I was so happy to find out about this and happy to pass it on to others. Thanks for doing the same.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on April 12, 2016:

Hi Peggy, It's great to learn this! I have always loved shopping at Ikea, esp. the Marketplace, and have assembled many pieces of furniture over the years! This is just one more good reason to give them my continued business. I will spread the word. Thank you for sharing!


Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 12, 2016:

this was a surprise to find out.. I do shop at IKEA, but this will make it even more exciting to know I helped..LOL a wonderful share my friend.. bless you

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on April 12, 2016:

Wow. Didn't know this. Thanks.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 12, 2016:

I didn't know about the IKEA foundation, either. It sounds like a wonderful initiative. I wish more businesses would follow IKEA's example.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 11, 2016:

I like to see businesses give back so generously. I am also intrigued by what people consider their favorite or most worthy charities. Some address such basic needs and are so urgently needed.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 11, 2016:

I did not know about this and it is sure great to find out. I have heard the name of course and now when I hear it I can connect the goodness that goes with it.

Great of you to share and I will share it too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2016:

Hi Bill,

I agree with you! It is nice when big business uses some of their profits to ease suffering in the world. There are so many good causes and I think from what I read they are choosing wisely.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 11, 2016:

I didn't know this and it is very heartwarming to read about. Thanks for sharing.

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