The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) was established over 100 years ago by Joseph Rowntree to provide housing in communities and to understand the root causes of social problems.  Rowntree was a visionary businessman and social reformer. He built New Earswick, a village in York, for people on low incomes, including staff who worked in his factory, giving them access to decent homes at affordable rents. He was committed to understanding the causes of poverty and disadvantage in order to create a better society. His son, Seebohm Rowntree, was a pioneering social researcher who undertook one of the country’s first investigations into poverty. JRF is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy, and practice. If you want to find out more about the types of events, research opportunities and funding JRK support for a poverty free UK then click here.

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