The IKEA Foundation
A Safe Place to Call Home
The IKEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the global home furnishings company, believes that every child has a right to a safe place to call home, but millions have been forced by war and persecution to flee their homes - with or without their families. The Foundation works with partners around the world to improve opportunities for such children in some of the world's most vulnerable communities, funding long-term programmes that can create lasting change.
As UNHCR's largest corporate partner, it helps provide shelter, care, education and energy to refugee and host communities. Since 2010, it has committed more than US$166 million in cash and in-kind donations to UNHCR's programmes.
Through cash grants, in-kind assistance for emergency operations, and the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the IKEA Foundation is helping hundreds of thousands of refugee children and their families rebuild their lives. It is also the corporate supporter of the annual Nansen Refugee Award, which recognizes exceptional service on behalf of the forcibly displaced. Going beyond philanthropy, the IKEA Foundation supports UNHCR Innovation and has been working with the refugee agency to develop a safer, more durable shelter, designed to improve the living conditions of people displaced by natural disasters and conflicts.
This year's Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign begins on February 1 and runs until March 29. For every LEDARE light bulb purchased in IKEA stores during these two months, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 to UNHCR to light refugee camps, making daily life safer and better for hundreds of thousands of people across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. To participate in the campaign and help brighten lives, go to www.unhcr.org/brighterlives
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