Since it seems like the whole world is covering Michael Jackson, I thought it was only fitting to bring you a recent post from the Philanthropy Potluck about Michael Jackson's philanthropic efforts. From Philanthropy Potluck: News about Jackson’s death got me wondering was Jackson a philanthropist? The answer is, “Yes.”
According to Wikipedia, Jackson donated over $300 million to charity over the course of his lifetime. Among his most notable contributions to philanthropy were his musical ones. He wrote and performed two hit singles that had a huge impact philanthropically.
Sales of “We are the World,” co-written with Lionel Richie in 1985, raised over $100 million for USA for Africa. Similarly, the proceeds of the “Heal the World” single, and the subsequent tour, were all donated to charity.
In fact, I would even go so far as to say that there’s something that we can take away from the charitable work that Jackson did while he was alive. Namely, a lesson about the power of using your own personal talents to become a philanthropist.
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