In the spring of 1999 The Queen took the initiative of founding the World Childhood Foundation (WCF). The mission of the Foundation is to work toward better living conditions for children all over the world. The Foundation supports a large number of projects in different countries.
Today, the WCF has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the US.
The Queen is the founder and Honorary Member of the International Mentor Foundation. The focus of this organisation is the prevention of drug abuse.
The Silvia Home for dementia patients, located in Drottningholm, is a result of The Queen's initiative and personal commitment. The Silvia Home Foundation, which The Queen chairs and with which she works actively, promotes scientific research and offers education, specialised training and care in the field of dementia.
The Queen works actively on behalf of the disabled. She chairs the Royal Wedding Fund, which supports research in sports and athletics for disabled young people.
She also chairs the Queen Silvia Jubilee Fund for research on children and disability.
The Queen has studied sign language in order to be able to communicate more effectively with the hearing impaired. In 1990 she was awarded the "Deutsche Kulturpreis" for her efforts on behalf of the disabled.
Queen Silvia holds honorary positions in a large number of organisations and societies, such as the Swedish Amateur Athletic Association, the Children's Cancer Foundation of Sweden and Save the Children Sweden.