I think that Elizabeth Taylor best summoned up Michael Jackson in her honors speech to him at the United Negro College Fund in 1988:
As we embark upon the anniversary of his passing, the world is coming together to love, honor and share memories and moments remembering the child star who rose to fame.
This post is dedicated to the charitable heart that Michael Jackson showed the world through out his years with us and how that love has spread across the world to continue through his fans.
Since the early 1980’s Michael Jackson has been a heavy contributor to charitable organizations and ideas. He was listed in The Guinness Book of World Records Millenium Edition as the Pop Star who donated to the most charitable organizations, with a staggering 39 international organizations. Those are only the known charities. Michael generously gave away money anonymously to pay for medical bills, funerals, or whatever the need might be. Michael was also known to hand over the proceeds from concerts to local charities and hospitals as he did with the History tour in Bombay, or to donate personal items for auction to organisations like UNESCO.
It’s been estimated he has given $300 million to charity in his lifetime. Most everyone knows about his “We Are the World” collaboration with other artists. The proceeds from this record were donated to the starving people of Africa. Other than diehard fans, very few people know about his donation to Childhelp USA (the biggest charity-organization against child abuse). He equipped a 19-bed-unit to part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research. He hosted 200 Air Force families at his Neverland Ranch on October 12, 2002. It was a gesture of appreciation for men and women who served overseas.
He often visited hospitals or orphanages in each country he went to bring presents, love and to raise their morale with his presence. He gave aways hundreds of tickets at each concert for sick, poor and disadvantage children.
Michael’s charitable activities:
The following projects were supported by Michael Jackson:
AIDS Project L.A.
American Cancer Society
Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles
Brothman Burn Center
Camp Ronald McDonald
Children’s Institute International
Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund
Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation
Congressional Black Caucus
Dreams Come True Charity
Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation
Heal The World Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Make A Wish Foundation
Minority Aids Project
National Rainbow Coalition
Rotary Club of Australia
Society of Singers
The Carter Center’s Atlanta Project
The Sickle Cell Research Foundation
United Negro College Fund
United Negro College Fund Ladder’s of Hope
Volunteers of America
Watts Summer Festival
YMCA – 28th Street/Crenshaw
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
His Own Foundation “The Heal The World”
The Heal the World Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Michael Jackson in 1992. The foundation’s creation was inspired by his charitable single of the same name. Through his foundation, Michael airlifted 46 tons of supplies to Sarajevo, instituted drug and alcohol abuse education and donated millions of dollars to less fortunate children, including the full payment of a Hungarian child’s liver transplant. Failure to file yearly accounting statements saw the charity lose its tax exempt status in 2002. The purpose of the charity was to provide medicine to children and fight world hunger, homelessness, child exploitation and abuse. Michael stated that he wanted “to improve the conditions for children throughout the world.”
The foundation also brought underprivileged children to Michael’s Neverland Ranch to visit and enjoy the theme park rides and other amenities that Jackson had built on the property.
Note: Please ignore the CNN reporter’s snooty comments
AIDS: Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Ryan White
Michael applied immense amounts of currency and time towards relief assistance for A.I.D.S. and cancer research, as well as to combat world hunger. Both he and Elizabeth Taylor fought for Aids research and supported many Aids charity events.
Michael also befriended Aids victim Ryan White until his death on April 8, 1990. Michael spent time with him at his ranch, bought him his first car and comforted Ryan’s family in the days after his much publicized death.
Not much was said about MJ’s visit on Capitol Hill in 2004. It was a two-hour meeting to discuss using his celebrity to the fight against Aids in Africa despite the horrible accusations swirling around him at the time.
We Are The World
Michael has been most noted for his support to help famine-relief efforts in Africa by writing the song “We are the World” with Lionel Ritchie. The song was produced by Quincy Jones and was performed by Michael and 45 other well-known musicians, friends and actors, including Stevie Wonder, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Dionne Warwick, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Bruce Springsteen and Daryl Hall, just to name a few.
What More Can I Give
“What More Can I Give” was written by Michael and recorded by a group of fellow celebrity singer following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Michael started writing the song, originally titled “Heal L.A.” with Brad Buxer after the Rodney King verdict and following riots in 1992. The song was worked on throughout the making of the HIStory album and its subsequent world tour in 1996 to 1997.
In late 1997, when work began on the Invincible album the song was put on hold, but its completion was always a passion of Michael’s. Jackson was inspired to finish “Heal L.A.” after a meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela in 1999. The songwriter stated that during a conversation with the then-President, the concept of giving was discussed by the pair. The singer revealed that it was during this interaction that the words “what more can I give” came into his mind and he began writing. With the first version of the song completed, Michael intended to premiere it at his “Michael and Friends – What More Can I Give” concerts, staged in Munich, Germany and the South Korean capital, Seoul in June 1999. Ultimately, he did not perform the song at the concerts and it remained unreleased.
“What More Can I Give” was scheduled for release as a charity single, in the hope that $50 million would be raised to aid the survivors and the families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The plan, however, never came to fruition and the reasons why have varied between sources and the individuals involved.
“What More Can I Give” was played on the radio for the first time in late 2002. The debut airing was made without permission by radio station WKTU-FM in New York. The following year, on October 27, 2003, “What More Can I Give” was made available to the public by way of digital download. Proceeds from the sale of the song went to children’s charities.
“What More Can I Give” was performed live at the 9/11 benefit concert, “United We Stand: What More Can I Give. The event was held at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC on October 21, 2001. The eight-hour concert featured numerous artists performing to a sell-out audience of 54,000 people. Jackson performed his songs “We Are the World” and “Man In the Mirror,” before he and other famous singers closed the show with “What More Can I Give”.
Michael And Friends
“Michael Jackson and Friends – The Power of Humanity” was a mini-concert tour performed by Michael for the purpose of aiding children around the world. Michael, gave two concerts: the first one is in Seoul, South Korea and the second one in Munich, Germany. The sell out tour started on June 25, 1999 (Seoul) with an audience of 45,000 and ended on June 27, 1999 (Munich) with an audience of 60,000 Among the star friends of Jackson invited to perform were: Mariah Carey, Vanessa Mae, Slash, All Saints, The Scorpions, Status Quo, Ringo Starr, Boyz II Men, Andrea Boccelli, Luther Vandross, Luciano Pavarotti, A. R. Rahman, Prabhu Deva Sundaram and Shobana. The concerts raised approximately 3,3 million dollars for charities Red Cross, UNESCO and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Both concerts were televised in Europe and Asia to a massive viewer response.
Even in death, twenty percent of the funds from Michael’s estate is designated for unknown charities.
In addition to his charity work, Michael Jackson, had more Guinness world records than any other artist, including Most Successful Concert Series and Biggest Selling Album for Thriller.
For a complete listing of Michael’s other benefit concerts and appearances, please see the “Michael’s charitable activities” link above the organizations listing.
Sources: Jolly People/CNN Report/The Silent Truth/True Michael Jackson/Wikipeda/You Tube
AND THE DREAM CONTINUES….
CHARITIES/EVENTS CREATED BY MICHAEL’S FANS
(Listed in no particular order. There are many more but I am only naming JUST a few of them.)
Michael Jackson’s Legacy
MJL is a charitable organisation dedicated to continuing Michael Jackson’s humanitarian legacy and thereby making the world a better place. Michael Jackson inspired love, hope and compassion worldwide through his music and through his tireless humanitarian work on behalf of the suffering and underprivileged. Our first project is Everland Children’s Home in Liberia. Join us on this adventure and together we can create a better world.
Michael’s Dream Foundation
Michael’s Dream Foundation is a genuine grass-roots initiative started by people from all over the world who want to make a real difference in the lives of sick children by helping them to recover from illness and injury in as short a time as possible. Poor emotional health can weaken a body’s immune system, which not only increases the chances of becoming ill, but can also lengthen an existing period of illness. This is true for adults and children alike, but can be more extreme in children because of their naturally fragile emotional state. One of our goals is to provide as many children’s hospitals, general hospitals and other medical facilities as possible with a permanent space full of toys, games and entertainment aimed at improving the overall emotional health and well-being of sick and injured children in residence. Because we are aware that many facilities will not have the required physical space or resources available already to achieve this, our organization intends on providing them everything they need to implement such a program. Michael’s Dream Foundation will fund and coordinate the designing, planning and building of additions or renovations for these facilities to provide everything the existing personnel will need. The new space will also be designed especially with the bed-ridden children in mind, so they also can leave their rooms and participate in all the games and social activities.
Michael’s Childrens Hospital
Michael’s Dream Boxes
ONE ROSE FOR MICHAEL
Michael’s fans will continue our shower of red roses over Michael’s resting place at Forest Lawn, Holly Terrace this year for the 4th anniversary of Michael’s passing.
Each year this has proven to be an amazingly beautiful and vibrant statement of LOVE to the world that Michael will ALWAYS be LOVED beyond measure and will ALWAYS be in our hearts, NEVER forgotten.
Also we are once again privileged to “Pay It Forward.” Last year MJ fans delivered many buckets of roses to surprised, homeless women veterans at a Los Angeles Veterans woman’s shelter. It is with great joy that we are able to share the wonderful consequences of our act of LOVE. As a result of this giving gesture of LOVE in Michael’s memory a seed was planted in the heart of an anonymous person present that day who witnessed the joy and appreciation the ladies experienced as they embraced their roses.
For those who would rather give to a charity in MJ’s memory you can also find the info about all three wonderful charities set up via One Rose for Michael J. Jackson. Donate with confidence at the urls provided in the clickable links under this video on You Tube. All money given is direct to the charity in MJ’s memory.
Join ORFM this Sundays for the last “Rocking for Roses for Michael” – Buy a rose and request a song – 1pm EST: http://bit.ly/dh3iAL
A Million Trees For Michael
A Million Trees For Michael has partnered with the oldest environmental non-profit organization in the U.S., American Forests which was founded in 1875. Now fans can plant trees in Michael’s honor for only $1.00 per tree, to give a gift back to Michael for everything he has given to us to enrich our lives. Our hope is to have “Michael Jackson Memorial Forests” in as many countries as possible, on every continent, as Michael was so beloved all over the world.
In the past year and a half, A Million Trees for Michael has gained an international team which now ranges from the USA to England and Germany and as far away as Australia. We are now approaching 14,000 fans on our Facebook page, with over 18,000 visitors our website, from all over the World.