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Ikea and Its Wonderful Charitable Foundation

Updated on August 19, 2018
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

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 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

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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.

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.

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.

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      14 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Shaloo Walia,

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

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      Shaloo Walia 

      14 months ago from India

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dale,

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

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      Dale Anderson 

      16 months ago from The High Seas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Aurelio,

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

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      16 months ago from Orange County, CA

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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.

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      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

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      3 years ago from london

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 profile image


      3 years ago from london

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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. :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from North Central 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 Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Maren Morgan M-T,

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

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years 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!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Catherine Tally 

      4 years 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 

      4 years 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

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile image

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wow. Didn't know this. Thanks.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 years 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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      4 years 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 

      4 years 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.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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


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