The Fund for Human Need (FHN) was founded in 1960 by Revd Donald McNeill, a Methodist Minister in Tooting, South London, together with a small group of other Methodists, who believed that they had a responsibility to help the poorest and most needy people. For many years the Fund was administered by the Methodist Church jointly with the Methodist Relief & Development Fund (MRDF, now known as All We Can).
The emphasis has always been on small grants to individuals who have no access to the major relief funds, and “where a little helps a lot”.
In 1997, MRDF passed over to FHN responsibility for grants to refugees and asylum seekers and, for several years, provided FHN with funding for this work. Since 2006 the Fund has been administered by its officers on a voluntary basis, and it now relies entirely on individual donors and various churches for its funding.