About us

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. 

Our vision is for a prosperous UK without poverty where everyone can thrive and contribute. To achieve this we work in partnership with private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as with individuals and communities. Using evidence and experience, we search for the underlying causes of social problems and demonstrate practical solutions in order to influence lasting change. 

We search out the underlying causes of poverty and disadvantage, and identify solutions – through research and learning from experience.

We demonstrate solutions – developing and running services, managing land and buildings, and supporting innovation.

We aim to influence positive and lasting change – publishing and promoting evidence, and bringing people together to share ideas.

Strategic plan

For more information on our strategy and objectives, you can download and read our Strategic plan for 2015-2017.

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