The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF

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50th Anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh 

Fifty years ago, Ravi Shankar asked his friend George Harrison to help his country, which was suffering from the effects of floods, famine and civil war. The Concert for Bangladesh, held at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 1, 1971, was the first major music benefit concert for a humanitarian cause, raising much needed funding and awareness for UNICEF in Bangladesh.

The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is a joint undertaking between the Harrison family and UNICEF USA to support UNICEF programs that provide lifesaving assistance to children, including health, education, nutrition and emergency relief.

In the tradition established by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF continues to support UNICEF programs in Bangladesh while expanding its influence to include other countries where children are in need.

While forever linked with Bangladesh, the Fund has supported programs in Angola, Romania, India, Haiti and Brazil. In 2021, the Fund supported relief efforts for Rohingya refugees following the devastating fires in Cox's Bazar and education programs for children on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Learn more about the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

UNICEF WON'T STOP

UNICEF USA hosted its premier streaming event, UNICEF WON’T STOP, on May 9, 2020. UNICEF WON’T STOP featured musical performances and special appearances, and highlighted UNICEF’s COVID-19 response, frontline workers, health experts and the children UNICEF serves.

Watch UNICEF WON'T STOP.

UNICEF’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is focused on providing critical supplies to health facilities, preventing the spread of new infection, ensuring the continuity of education and analyzing data to inform where and how to best deploy resources. UNICEF is a key partner in the COVAX Facility, a multiagency initiative to ensure the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.  

Learn more about UNICEF's response to COVID-19.

The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF (GHFU) Campus Challenge

Every year, UNICEF Campus Clubs (high school and college) host fundraisers and events in support of UNICEF USA as part of the Clubs Challenge. The top three fundraising UNICEF clubs receive an award and a special opportunity on behalf of UNICEF USA. Funds raised and submitted by student members of a UNICEF Club will be matched up to $100,000 by the George Harrison Fund.