The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is a Quaker trust that makes grants of over £10m each year to support people tackling the root causes of conflict and injustice. We are looking to recruit additional trustees to our Board in 2020.

These exciting and challenging roles support people who are making a  positive difference; whether they are promoting peace in Northern Ireland, advocating for some of the most vulnerable people in our society or taking steps towards an environmentally sustainable future. 

As an all-Quaker trustee board we look after a responsibly invested endowment. Every year we make about 100 grants for all kinds of transformative charitable work across our five programme areas of Peace and Security, Rights and Justice, Power and Accountability, Sustainable Future and Northern Ireland.

Prospective trustees must be actively involved with Quakers. We welcome applications from Friends of all ages and backgrounds to this very rewarding voluntary role. In particular, we want to make the trustee board more diverse and inclusive in terms of ethnicity, age and social background.  

Trustees must be able to attend at least eight meetings per year and to spend regular time on Trust business.  We cover expenses including travel and childcare to ensure financial constraints are not an obstacle.

For further information and details of how to submit an expression of interest, please click here

- Would you like to hear more from our current trustees about the role and their experience?  Click here to watch a video.

The closing date is 9am on 24 February.


Grant committee member

Sustainable Future Committee: Vacancy for two committee members

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) wishes to appoint two, co-opted members to serve on its Sustainable Future committee from June 2020. The Committee are looking for individuals with experience in working with social movements and for individuals with a good understanding of behavioural economics, particularly in relation to the ‘Beyond Consumerism’ and ‘Better Economics’ strands of our grant-making policy.

Under the Sustainable Future programme, which was launched in 2014 to provide dedicated grants in the climate change field, the Trust supports work which builds support for, and understanding of, alternative forms of organising economies and societies which allow people and the planet to thrive. Part of this is an end to the carbon-dependent economics which we currently have.

The Trust recognises that historically, the environment movement has not been representative of all those who both suffer under climate harms and who have lived experience and knowledge to bring to the solutions to the crisis. To that end, the ‘New Voices’ strand of the programme is committed to expanding the movement and ensuring that under-represented communities are centred.

The role of a co-opted member is to strengthen the trustees’ grant-making knowledge. They contribute to reflections on the context within which we make our grants, advise on which new applications to support and offer ongoing critical input for existing grant-holders.  Knowledge of the policy landscape is important, as is an awareness of key organisations working in the field. An understanding of the broader context around climate, and/or knowing how small organisations, charities, community groups or campaigns work is also of benefit.

For more information, including information on how to apply, please click here.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 13 February 2020.