To commemorate Michael's birthday on August 29th, fans from all around the world are making a donation to a charity in honour of Michael. Fans nominate their favourite charities and of these, three finalists will be chosen. Everyone then takes a vote and donate to the charity with the most votes. Click on Previous Posts on the right to see what we have done in past years.

24 August 2013

Birthday Charity 2013: Instructions

Hey everyone!

We are doing things a little differently this year. Michael’s birthday is coming up and we are going to remember him by carrying on his charitable works.

This year, everyone shall pick a charity of your own choice! In honour of Michael, we will choose a charity that Michael would’ve supported.

The charity that you choose should be one similar to Michael’s interests. Here is a list of charities that Michael supported.

If you don’t already have a favourite charity in mind, the charities that Michael supported are mainly in the following categories:

• Children’s causes - ophanages, programmes for underprivileged, abused or disabled children

• Environmental causes, including endangered animals

• Medical - hospitals and research centres/grants, gifts and trips for sick children, health initiatives and disease prevention in impoverished countries

• Education - schools, scholarships or educational programmes for poor children

• Humanitarian causes - feeding the hungry, disaster relief

You may also choose one of the charities that we have donated to or nominated in the past. (See “Previous posts” on the right.)

If the charity is registered in the US, you can look up their credentials at In other countries, do please check at the website of your respective government’s registries to make sure that the charity exists. You can check their credibility and efficiency (whether they spend donors’ money wisely or waste it) on your tax department’s website, if available. You can get a tax exemption for a donation to a registered charity in your own country.

Make your donation (by whatever means you prefer), then send me a copy of your receipt. This can be in the form of an email or screenshot. Please message me on FB or send me an email at mjbirthdaycharity at

Please also include a paragraph about your chosen charity, where it is and what they do. I will post it here along with your name (you may include a pseudonym if you wish). This way, you can get extra publicity for your chosen charity as well! (I will not post your receipt, that is just for admin purposes.)

Alrighty then, let’s get to donating! Please share this widely with your friends. Let’s remember Michael in our own ways and continue his work in making the world a better place.

In Our Small Way
- by Michael Jackson

Maybe you and I can’t do great things
We may not change the world in one day
But we still can change some things today
In our small way

Empty words are not enough
Where there’s hurt, we’ll be a crutch
When there’s thirst, we’ll fill each other’s cup
Because we care, we love enough to share

In despair, we’ll be the hope
And the prayer that frees the soul
We’ll be there to share each lonely road
Because we love, I know
We care enough

Maybe you and I can’t do great things
We may not change the world in one day
But we still can change some things today
In our small way.

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