Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

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Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Registration no.210037[1]
HeadquartersYork, UK[1]
  • The Garden House, Water End[1]
Chair of Trustees[2]
Helen Carmichael[2]

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 three original trusts set up by Joseph Rowntree in 1904.


In 1904, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT), along with sister organisations the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, were created by Joseph Rowntree, who gave about a half of his wealth to establish them.[3] The original trustees of the JRCT were: Rowntree, his sons John Wilhelm, Benjamin Seebohm, Joseph Stephenson and Oscar Frederick, and his nephew Arnold Stephenson Rowntree.[4]

Current day[edit]

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust calls itself: "a Quaker trust which seeks to transform the world by supporting people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice."[5]

Since 2007, the trust has given three grants to CAGE, formerly known as Cageprisoners, described as a "controversial Islamic rights group", totalling £305,000, to support the work of Moazzam Begg.[6][7] CAGE spokesman Asim Qureshi called on Muslims to support jihad at an extremist rally, and described militant Mohammed Emwazi, as a "beautiful young man".[8][9] 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."[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Contact Us". Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
  2. ^ a b "People at JRCT" (PDF). Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. January 2016.
  3. ^ "History and Heritage". Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
  4. ^ Freeman, Mark (2003). "Victorian Philanthropy and the Rowntrees". Quaker Studies. George Fox University. 7 (2). Art. 5, p.3.
  5. ^ "About Us". Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
  6. ^ a b "Mainstream charities have donated thousands to Islamic group fronted by terror suspect". The Telegraph. 1 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Charity defends decision to keep funding group fronted by terror suspect Moazzam Begg". Birmingham Mail. 9 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Fury over charities that fund ISIS killer Jihadi John apologists". Daily Mail. 28 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Jihadi John: Activist who praised Mohammed Emwazi as "beautiful" caught on video backing jihad". The Telegraph. 27 February 2015.

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