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The release of George’s 1973 album entitled Living in the Material World coincided with the creation of his own charitable foundation. The royalties from that album - including the single “Give Me Love” - were donated by George in perpetuity, to the Material World Charitable Foundation.

George established the Foundation to encourage the exploration of alternate and diverse forms of artistic expression, life views and philosophies as well as a way to support established charities and people with special needs. In the autumn of 1973, the first project of the foundation was the Ravi Shankar Music Festival, which brought together renowned Indian classical musicians to perform and record compositions especially created by Ravi Shankar.

Since its inception, the Material World Charitable Foundation has supported hundreds of individuals and organizations many of which can be seen around this page. The Foundation in some cases has literally transformed people’s lives and in others has made life more bearable in the face of extreme suffering and adversity.

Even though George passed on from this material world in 2001, his charitable work has continued. In response to an outpouring of emotion by fans and friends, “My Sweet Lord” was re-released in 2002. The profits from that single benefited:
Médicins Sans Frontières, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Macmillan Nurses, National Deaf Children’s Society, NSPCC and others.

Proceeds from the sale of the Concert for George DVD and CD have been (and will continue to be) donated to the Foundation. It was George’s wish that his music and legacy should carry on supporting the Material World Foundation and in turn help others.

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On April 8th, Olivia Harrison returned to Brown University to meet three of the four student recipients of the Harrison Family Scholarship.

Established by The Material World foundation in 2002, the scholarship gives preference to international students, particularly those from India and Mexico.

Urmila Chadayammuri, Physics major – Class of 2013

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On April 8th, Olivia Harrison returned to Brown University to meet three of the four student recipients of the Harrison Family Scholarship.

Established by The Material World foundation in 2002, the scholarship gives preference to international students, particularly those from India and Mexico.

Urmila Chadayammuri, Physics major – Class of 2013

Pathikrit “Po” Bhattacharyya, Geology/Biology Major – Class of 2014

Javier Flores Kim, Biology Major – Class of 2015

“I had a wonderfully stimulating afternoon meeting Po, Javier and Urmila,” Olivia enthused. “In the few hours we were together time and space were filled with vibrant conversation, weaving in, out and to the edge of their subjects; to life and the familiar but continually surprising realization: that we are all really connected.

I was truly inspired by their openness, curiosity, humour, gratitude and enthusiasm. These engaging students are taking every opportunity, as Javier expressed on their behalf, ‘to realize [their] potential’.

The Material World Foundation is proud of our association with Brown University and wish these students the very best for the future.”

In more recent years, some of the charities that the Material World Charitable Foundation has supported are:

Alla Rakha Foundation
Achievable Foundation
Action on Addiction
Adopt a Minefield
American Ballet Theatre
Amnesty International
Anti Defamation League
Barnardo’s
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Indian Cultural Center)
Botanic Gardens Conversation International
British Brain & Spine Foundation
British Deaf Association
British Heart Foundation
British Kidney Patient Association
British Lung Foundation
British Sports Association for the Disabled
Cancer Research
Casa Hope
Centrepoint Soho
Children with Leukemia
Children in Need
Crisis
Crossroads
David Lynch Foundation
Elton John Aids Foundation
The Film Foundation
Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital
Jubilee Campaign
Keep A Child Alive
Kenton Theatre
Leukaemia Research Fund
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
Lotus Outreach
Lupus Foundation
Macmillan Cancer Relief
Maggies Centre
Medecins Sans Frontieres
MIND
Musicares
National Deaf Childrens Society
National Missing Persons Helpline
National Deaf Children's Society
NCH Action for Children
NoNordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre
NSPCC Fullstop Campaign
One Drop Foundation
Operation Raleigh
Oxfam
Prince’s Trust Events
The Ravi Shankar Institute of Music & Performing Arts
Romanian Angel Appeal
The Roundhouse Trust
The Royal National Institute for the Blind
The Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Liverpool Childrens’ NHS Trust
The Royal Opera House
The Royal School for Deaf Children
The Royal School for the Blind
RSPB
Rwanda Emergency Appeal
SANE
Save the Children Fund
Scientific Exploration Society
Shelter
Smile Train
Starlight Childrens Foundation
Steve Redgrave Trust
Sue Ryder Care Centre
Teenage Cancer Trust
Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust
Tibet Foundation
Tusk Trust
UNICEF
Victoria & Albert Museum
Woodland Trust
Women for Women
World Food Foundation
World Wildlife Fund