Heal the World Foundation

The original Heal the World Foundation was a charitable organization founded by Michael Jackson in 1992. The foundation was created by his charitable single of the same name . Through his foundation, Jackson airlifted 46 tons of supplies to Sarajevo , a drug and alcohol misuse and donated millions of dollars to children, including the full payment of a Hungarian child’s liver transplant . Failure to file a yearly report in the absence of a charity.California sous le même name and applied for new tax-free status in 2008. [1] The Jackson Estate is Currently Taking Legal Action contre cette organization for unfair competition and trademark infringement. [2]


Prior to the creation of the Heal the World Foundation, Jackson had expressed great interest in humanitarianism, equality and world peace. Songs such as ” Can You Feel It “, ” We Are the World ” and ” Man in the Mirror ” convey this. Jackson also donated millions of dollars to charity, including his $ 5 million share from the Victory Tour . [3]

In 1984, while filming at Pepsi Cola commercial, Jackson suffered second degree burns to his scalp after pyrotechnics accidentally set his hair on fire. [4] PepsiCo settled a lawsuit out of court, and Jackson gave his $ 1.5 million settlement to the “Michael Jackson Burn Center” which was a piece of new technology to help people with severe burns. [4]

Shortly afterward, Jackson was invited to the White House to receive an award presented by American President Ronald Reagan . The award was given for Jackson’s support. [5]

In 1985, Jackson co-wrote the charity single “We Are the World” with Lionel Richie , which was released worldwide to help the poor in Africa and the US. He was one of 39 music celebrities who performed on the record. The single became one of the best-selling singles of all time, with nearly 20 million copies sold and millions of dollars donated to famine relief . It was also the first time Jackson was recognized for his humanitarian efforts. [6]


Jackson founded the charity in 1992, naming it after his hit song, ” Heal the World “. The purpose of the charity is to provide medicine to children and homelessness, child exploitation and abuse. Jackson stated that he wanted to “improve the conditions for children throughout the world”. [7]

The foundation also brought underprivileged children to Jackson ‘s Neverland Ranch , located outside Santa Ynez , California , to go on theme park rides that had been built in 1988.


The Dangerous World Tour began on June 27, 1992, and finished on November 11, 1993. Jackson performed to 3.5 million people in 69 concerts. All profits from the concerts went to the “Heal the World Foundation”, raising millions of dollars in relief. [8] Through the foundation, Jackson airlifted 46 tons of supplies to Sarajevo and paid for a child’s liver transplant. [9]

One of Jackson’s Most acclaimed performance cam During the halftime show at the National Football League ‘s Super Bowl XXVII . At the show, Jackson performed his anthem “Heal the World,” to help the organization with the attendance of 750 people and a flash card display involving 98,000 volunteers. Jackson donated his entire fees to the foundation, with the NFL also donating $ 100,000 and a 30-second TV spot to push for contributions. [7] [10] [11]

Following the Super Bowl, Jackson ran a full-page advertisement in the USA Today newspaper, providing a toll-free number. A coupon was provided that could be sent along with a contribution. Those donating $ 35 or more were given to “Heal the World” t-shirt. [7]

The environmental themed music video for ” Earth Song ” closed with a request for donations to Jackson’s foundation. [12]

In 1997, Jackson earned money from photographs of his son, Prince Michael. The photographs were sold to ” OK! ” Magazine and the National Enquirer , raising $ 3 million for the foundation. [13]

Heal the Kids

In February 2001, Jackson launched Heal the Kids, an initiative of HTWF and part of the foundation’s attempt to boost children’s welfare. [14] Jackson launched the charity initiative, stating, “Heal the Kids will help adults and parents realize it’s in our power to change the world”. [15]

Jackson gave a speech at Oxford University about raising children, as part of the launch of his “Heal the Kids” initiative. In the speech, Jackson spoke rhetorically of his children, “What if they grow older and resent me, and how do my choices impacted their youth? … Why were we growing up? I would like to say that they would be able to focus on the positive things, on the sacrifices I willingly made for them … “. Journalist J. Randy Taraborrelli concluded that Jackson’s performance during the speech was “absorbing” and well received. [16]


In 2002, the Heal the World Foundation was suspended, after failing to file yearly accounting statements, required for tax-exempt organizations. Records showed that the foundation had net assets of $ 3,542 and reported $ 2,585 in expenses. The foundation did not have a director, president or other top manager besides Jackson, who was listed as chairman. [9]

Name confusion

A separate charity named ‘Heal the World Foundation’ was set up in 2008. On August 11, 2009, CBS News reported that: “… Jackson’s estate is not linked,” The Michael Jackson estate has no connection whatsoever to the “Heal the World Foundation” run by Melissa Johnson, “said Terry Fahn, a spokesperson for John Branca, the special administrator of the Jackson estate.” [1] On September 30, the Jackson Foundation started law action against the charity claiming that the “Defendants’ acts of infringement and unfair competition have been committed to cause confusion, mistake and to deceive”. [17]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Strickler, Laura (2009-08-11). “Exclusive: Charity’s Fake Link to Jackson?” . CBS News . CBS . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  2. Jump up^ “Charity sued by Jackson’s estate” . BBC. 2009-09-30 . Retrieved 2009-10-01 .
  3. Jump up^ Taraborrelli, Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness, p. 320
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Taraborrelli, Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness, p. 279-287
  5. Jump up^ Taraborrelli, Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness, p. 304-307
  6. Jump up^ Taraborrelli, Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness, p. 340-344
  7. ^ Jump up to:c Pabst, Georgia (1993-02-08). “Jackson’s Foundation Aimed At Helping Children” . The Seattle Times . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  8. Jump up^ Harrington, Richard (1992-02-05). “Jackson to Overseas Tour”. The Washington Post .
  9. ^ Jump up to:b “Jacko’s Childrens [ sic ] Foundation Now Defunct” . Associated Press . Fox News . 2004-03-24 . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  10. Jump up^ “Michael Jackson To Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show” . Associated Press . The Seattle Times . 1992-10-25 . Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  11. Jump up^ Taraborrelli, Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness, p. 454
  12. Jump up^ Michael JacksonHIStoryon Film Volume II VHS / DVD
  13. Jump up^ “Jackson baby money to go to charity”,MTV.com.
  14. Jump up^ “Michael Jackson Fans of worship at NY appearance”,MTV.com.
  15. Jump up^ Moss, Corey (2001-02-15). “Devotees Greet Michael Jackson At New York Appearance” . MTV . Retrieved 2009-08-12 .
  16. Jump up^ Taraborrelli, Michael Jackson – The Magic and the Madness, p. 626-627
  17. Jump up^ McCartney, Anthony (2009-09-30). “Jackson estate sues foundation over name” . Associated Press . Retrieved 2009-10-01 .

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