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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson and Philanthropy

Michael Jackson leaves behind an assortment of chart-topping albums and is best known for his remarkable contributions to pop music. While there is certainly controversy surrounding Jackson’s music career that spanned several decades, his actions to help children and other needy groups around the world cannot be overlooked.

Jackson gave millions to various charities over the years. He reportedly made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000 for the highest number of charities supported by a pop star. A song he co-wrote with Lionel Richie, titled “We Are the World,” sold 20 million copies and generated millions of dollars for global famine relief. According to a USA Today article, Jackson supported a variety of individual organizations as well, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society. You can see an expanded list of charities that Jackson supported here.
In 1992, Jackson founded the Heal The World Foundation, which works to protect's the worlds most vulnerable populations - including children, the elderly, and animals - through fundraising and relief efforts. The foundation lost its tax exempt status in 2002.
A memorial service is being held for Jackson at Los Angeles’ Staples Center today. An estimated 1.6 million people registered for a random drawing that allocated 8,750 pairs of tickets to the service.
UPDATE 8/12/09: After the Heal The World Foundation lost its tax exempt status in 2002, an organization was registered with the IRS in 2008 with the same name. The new charity is not related in any way to Michael Jackson or his estate according to CBS. The website for that group features pictures and biographical information from Jackson, but it is important to note that this Foundation is unrelated to Jackson's original charitable work.

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michaeljacksonlover said...

Michael jackson has been,is,and will always be my inspiration.he influenced me to go out there and make a difference.michael has helped so many different people around the world and I tip my hat to him for doing that.not only has michael helped impact humanity for the world but he influenced the entertainment industry to a whole new level.michael is and will always be my favorite entertainer in the whole world.the love and peace he brought to the world was just phenominal.my prayers go out to him and his family.I love you michael!

Unknown said...

MJ has been a great talent whose personal life left a lot to be understood. What is little known about MJ is that he gave more money to more charties worlwide than any other artist. At www.donated.com we educate charites and the public on giving.

Anonymous said...

What a talent..Michael Jackson was great at putting focus on his causes

Anonymous said...

I loved Michael Jackson for his charitable ways and bringing light to his causes

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