The George Harrison Fund And UNICEF USA Celebrate 50 Years

A look back at a fruitful partnership and how a legacy that began with the Concerts for Bangladesh is inspiring young people across the U.S.

On August 1, 1971, a young George Harrison, having recently gone solo after playing guitar for The Beatles, put on a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden with some friends to benefit UNICEF. The Concert for Bangladesh ultimately raised millions for emergency relief efforts in the Southeast Asian country, which at that time had been suffering from the effects of floods, famine and civil war.

The remarkable success of that historic event — one that continues to be celebrated year after year, and lives on in recordings and documentary footage — led Harrison’s family to create the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF (GHFU) as a way to continue that legacy of giving. 

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