Concert for Bangladesh 40th AnniversaryIn 1971 Ravi Shankar asked his friend George Harrison to help his country, which was suffering from the effects of floods, famine and civil war. The resulting Concert for Bangladesh was the first major music benefit concert for a humanitarian cause, raising much needed funding and awareness for UNICEF in Bangladesh.
Today, UNICEF needs the same outpouring of support and awareness to address a humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, where 2 million children are at risk.
Month of GivingThis August, more than 70 musicians worldwide paid tribute to George Harrison, Ravi Shankar and the Concert for Bangladesh by asking their friends and fans to help.
See the full list of artists participating in the Month of Giving.
During the Month of Giving all donations to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF went to UNICEF's lifesaving programs for children in the Horn of Africa. To jump start this fundraising initiative, the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, which was founded by Olivia Harrison, wife of the late George Harrison, released $1 million to UNICEF for emergency efforts in the Horn of Africa.
Worldwide Event: watch the Concert for Bangladesh on iTunes®In a worldwide, 72-hour online event, The Concert for Bangladesh was streamed in its entirety on iTunes. The digital album can now be downloaded on iTunes. In honor of the altruistic sprit which gave birth to the Concert for Bangladesh, each download will benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. iTunes, Apple Records Inc. and all artists, songwriters and publishers associated with the concert will keep no income from album sales and have waived all fees.
About the George Harrison Fund for UNICEFThe George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is a joint undertaking between the Harrison family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF 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.
Read more about the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF programs worldwide.
Help Us Save Some Lives Campus ChallengeIn 2008, The George Harrison Fund joined with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), to launch a fundraising challenge on college campuses across America. The Help Us Save Some Lives Campus Challenge is now in its 4th year. Last year Penn for UNICEF raised over $10,000 through the Campus Challenge to become the 2009-2010 Campus Challenge winners.
For more information on the nationwide challenge for students, faculty and supporters click here.