January 30, 2023
In Summer 2021, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) commissioned Anu Priya and Laura Miller to review its Sustainable Future programme. This report is written in first person. It was the only way we felt able to share, while being limited to writing, our connection with the work and the people we have had the genuine pleasure of being in community with.This Review and the resulting recommendations - alongside emerging work on funding grassroots movements - are a portal for JRCT to move towards understanding and applying the principles of reparations, including creating the conditions for reparative processes to become possible.The recommendations are designed to break the cycle of philanthropic harm that upholds and works to the blueprints of systemic domination and oppression which, in its own way, replicates 'The White Man's Burden', both in the choices it makes and the ones it doesn't.Our approach to the Review, and our working practices, model how JRCT can resource and stand with communities. Our recommendations give strong, practical ways for JRCT to honour the spirit of the commitments made in its strategy for addressing its power and privilege. They are rooted in our commitment of accountability to communities who bear the brunt of systemic injustice, including from within philanthropy.