IKEA and Its Wonderful Charitable Foundation

POLISARIO refugee camp - Western Sahara

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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, 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.

On one of the pages it had a desert looking scene with the 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: www.ikeafoundation.org/

Buduburam refugee camp

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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.

Being 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 which stands for the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 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.

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.

They try to promote education for children, provide emergency relief after disasters, fight against child labor, try and reconnect displaced families due to wars or other causes and many other things.

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

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 to the right to learn more.

What Water.org does...

Safe Drinking Water

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

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.

Have you ever purchased anything from an IKEA store?

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

Be sure and watch the video below to learn more about what the IKEA Foundation does in its efforts to help people.

IKEA Foundation


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Peggy W 2 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Patricia,

Enjoy your trip to IKEA. They also have super deals on meals purchased in their stores...so 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. :)

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pstraubie48 2 months ago from sunny Florida

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

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Peggy W 8 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Audrey,

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

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vocalcoach 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

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.

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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

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.

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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

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.

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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

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.

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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Maren Morgan M-T,

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

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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Alicia,

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

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cat on a soapbox 9 months ago from Los Angeles

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!


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BlossomSB 9 months ago from Victoria, Australia

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!

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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

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.

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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Jackie,

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

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cat on a soapbox 9 months ago from Los Angeles

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!


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Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

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

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Maren Morgan M-T 9 months ago from Pennsylvania

Wow. Didn't know this. Thanks.

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AliciaC 9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

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.

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Jackie Lynnley 9 months ago from The Beautiful South

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.

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Peggy W 9 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

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.

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billybuc 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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