The retailer increases annual donations by 21%
BURLINGTON, ON, March 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the IKEA Foundation
released its 2013 Annual Review, reporting CAD $153 million in grants
to help children and families living in the world's poorest
communities. In 2013, the IKEA Foundation was ranked as one of the highest-giving foundations in the world.
"The IKEA Foundation has increased its donations by 21% since 2012 and
expanded its reach to 35 countries—helping millions of children in over
a third of the world's poorest countries" says Kerri Molinaro,
President, IKEA Canada. "IKEA Canada is proud to contribute to The
Foundation's donations, which are funded from IKEA's profits."
The IKEA Foundation, which works with a total of 31 nonprofit
organizations, is the largest global corporate donor to UNICEF, the
United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Save the Children, Clinton
Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and KickStart International, to name
but a few.
"Last year was a remarkable journey for us at the IKEA Foundation," said
Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer of the IKEA Foundation. "By
giving more than ever, we were able to develop innovative new
partnerships, helping ensure we can reach 100 million children and
their families by 2015."
In 2013, the IKEA Foundation worked with UNHCR and Refugee Housing on
the development of a safer, more durable emergency shelter with
innovations such as solar lighting for refugee families.
"The IKEA Foundation is UNHCR's largest private-sector partner, and
together we hope to be able to transform the lives of many refugees,"
said António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
The 2013 Annual Review also reports that the Foundation:
Donated €2 million to UNICEF, €1 million to Médecins Sans Frontières and
€150,000 to Save the Children to bring lifesaving supplies to families
caught up in Typhoon Haiyan (the Philippines).
Donated 50,000 IKEA mattresses to UNHCR for Syrian refugee families.
Raised over €10 million for UNICEF and Save the Children, thanks to
dedicated IKEA co-workers and customers who supported the Soft Toys for
Developed a partnership with Forest Trends that will help families from
the Surui and Yawanawa tribes of Brazil develop sustainable ways to
protect their rainforest homelands and improve their family incomes.
Established a partnership with Care for Children, which works with
governments in Asia to help them place orphans into local families.
Expanded its partnership with Development Alternatives to teach women in
India how to read, write and do basic math.
Funded scholarships for nearly 2,000 women through a partnership with
the Lila Poonawalla Foundation, which helps young women from poor
families in India pursue higher education in engineering and other
About IKEA Canada
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 342 stores in 42
countries worldwide, which are visited by 776 million people every
year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores which are visited by over 25 million
people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 1.1
billion visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to
offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so
low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on
IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.
About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth
in the world's poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term
programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation
works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to
achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child's
life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality
education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programmes
benefit an estimated 100 million children by 2015. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation
SOURCE: IKEA Canada
For further information:
Corporate Communications Manager
IKEA Foundation Communication Manager
Tele: +31 (0)71 524 0423