Michael Jordan Donates $10 Million to Make-A-Wish for his 60th Birthday, Setting a Record


Hir Royal Airness himself celebrated his 60th birthday today with the largest donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in history.

The $10 million fortune will go to “create an endowment to provide the funds needed to make future wishes possible for kids with critical illnesses,” the foundation explained in a release.

Witnessing the strength and resilience of the organization’s kids has been a continuous inspiration, Jordan said, who has been a partner for 34 years.

Jordan noted that he “can’t think of a better birthday gift than seeing others join” him in supporting the foundation and that he hopes the donation will allow “every child” to “experience the magic of having their wish come true.”

The Chicago Bulls legend and greatest basketball player of all time has become increasingly generous with his fortune over the years. In 2021 he donated $10 million to Novant Health for the opening of two new children’s hospitals in his home state of North Carolina, the same company to which he gave $7 million 4 years before that.

President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America Leslie Motter applauded Jordan’s ability to create a legacy both on and off the court.

“Everyone knows about Michael’s legacy on the basketball court, but it’s what he has consistently done off the court when no one’s watching that makes him a true legend for wish families and the wider Make-A-Wish community,” Motter said in a statement.

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“Michael using his birthday as a chance to make history for Make-A-Wish speaks to the quality of his character and his loyal dedication to making life better for children with critical illnesses. We hope that the public will be inspired to follow in his footsteps by helping make wishes come true.”

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