The Harry Payne Trust was founded in 1939 (as the Harry Payne Trust) by Harry Payne, a Birmingham businessman. He was a man of strong faith – a pacifist who spent some years in prison in the first world war.
His business was one of the early models of co-partnership and profit sharing. He had a particular interest in helping the disadvantaged and in helping the smaller causes where a modest donation can be seen to make a difference. The Foundation took over the Trust in 2014 after its trustees sought out an alternative managing body to safeguard it’s legacy. The Harry Payne Fund was born!