Global Philanthropy Prize

2012 Georis Prize recipient – Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Today in Belfast, the 2012 Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy was awarded to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. The Prize was given at the 23rd Annual General Assembly and Conference of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) entitled “Peace through Social Justice – a Role for Foundations?”

Jane Francis, Director of Policy Development for the Mercator Fund, said that “the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s work to generate peace, political equality and social justice exemplifies the contribution that philanthropy and civil society can play in shaping the social and political landscape.” The Prize was accepted on behalf of the Trust by the Trust Secretary, Stephen Pittam.

The Raymond Georis Prize for Innovative Philanthropy was established in 2004 and aims to underline the important role that the philanthropic community plays in promoting peace, security and development across the globe. The Prize’s goal is to annually recognise the innovative work of successive generations which have followed in the footsteps of Mr. Georis – himself an innovator in the philanthropic sector.

“The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust was chosen in part to recognise its work as an organisation that is at the cutting edge of difficult issues. An organisation which aims to get to the root of a problem and remove it – not just make it easier to live with,” said Francis.

The Selection Committee for the Prize this year comprised Mr Raymond Georis, Mr Gerry Salole, the Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre, Mr Luc Tayart de Borms, the Managing Director of the King Baudouin Foundation and Norine MacDonald QC, President of the Mercator Fund. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust was nominated by Lisa Jordan, Executive Director of the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, based in The Hague. Her nomination was supported by: Avila Kilmurray, The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland; Massimo Lanza, Fondazione di Venezia; Martin O’Brien, The Atlantic Philanthropies; Erik Rudeng, The Fritt Ord Foundation; Sara Llewellin, Barrow Cadbury Trust; and friends of philanthropy John Healy, Christopher Harris and Barry Knight.

About the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust engages in philanthropy which changes the existing power imbalances in society to effect real change. It has placed itself deliberately at the cutting edge of difficult and contentious issues and believes in creating a dialogue across difference and supporting change towards a better world. The Trust is willing to take risks, whilst being flexible enough to respond quickly to the changing needs and demands of the world.

The Trust is an independent, endowment foundation which financially supports organisations that address issues relating to peace, racial justice, power and social responsibility. It believes in tackling the roots of a problem rather than the “superficial manifestations” of poverty, social injustice, or political inequality.