Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

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Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Registration no. 210037
Headquarters York, UK
  • The Garden House, Water End
Margaret Bryan

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, described by The Telegraph as a "controversial Islamic rights group fronted by a man charged with attending a terror training camp in Syria",[3] totaling £305,000, to support the work of Moazzam Begg.[4][5][6] Lord Carlile, formerly the British Government’s independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, said: "I would never advise anybody to give money to CagePrisoners. I have concerns about the group. There are civil liberty organisations which I do give money to but CagePrisoners is most certainly not one of them."[3]

The Trust is a member of the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF).[7]

The Trust donated £305,000 to Cageprisoners whose spokesman Asim Qureshi called on Muslims to support jihad at an extremist rally, and described militant Mohammed Emwazi, as a "beautiful young man".[8]


  1. ^ "The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust". 
  2. ^ Martin Wainwright. "Competition-winning visionaries who are being paid to make the world a better place". the Guardian. 
  3. ^ a b "Mainstream charities have donated thousands to Islamic group fronted by terror suspect". 1 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Bassey, Amardeep (9 March 2014). "Charity defends decision to keep funding group fronted by terror suspect Moazzam Begg". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Grant Search Results". Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Network of European Foundations (NEF)" (PDF). Network of European Foundations (NEF). 25 October 2007. p. 5. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
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