Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

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The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is a philanthropic grant making trust that supports work undertaken in the UK and Ireland, and previously South Africa. It is one of four trusts set up by Joseph Rowntree in 1904.


The original trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust were: Joseph Rowntree, John Wilhelm Rowntree, Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, Joseph Stephenson Rowntree, Oscar Frederick Rowntree and Arnold Stephenson Rowntree.

Non-family trustees were appointed from 1913 onwards. The last Rowntree family member to serve as a trustee, was Michael Rowntree, who was a trustee from 1947 - 1991.

Current day[edit]

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust's mission statement is "We are a Quaker trust which seeks to transform the world by supporting people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice"[1]

In 2005 JRCT marked its centenary by funding seven individuals to pursue their ideas for making the world more just and peaceful. The Visionaries were Karen Chouhan, Roy Head, Heather Parker and Mark Hinton, Carne Ross, Clive Stafford Smith and Geoff Tansey [2]

Since 2007, the trust has given three grants to Cageprisoners totaling £305,000, to support the work of Moazzam Begg.[3][4][5]

The Trust is a member of the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF).[6]


  1. ^ JRCT website
  2. ^ Guardian Newspaper article
  3. ^ Bassey, Amardeep (9 March 2014). "Charity defends decision to keep funding group fronted by terror suspect Moazzam Begg". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Barrett, David; Mendick, Robert (1 March 2014). "Mainstream charities have donated thousands to Islamic group fronted by terror suspect". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Grant Search Results". Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Network of European Foundations (NEF)". Network of European Foundations (NEF). 25 October 2007. p. 5. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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