What more can Michael Jackson give?

Not a lot, apparently. Various charities founded by the entertainer in his glory days have been crumbling in recent years.

In brighter days, Jackson's Heal the World Foundation rained millions of dollars upon the world's needy children.

Nowadays, the foundation is at a standstill. It's been suspended in California since 2002 for failing to file accounting statements and has ceased all donations to charitable causes.

Heal the World once seemed like a sure thing. Backed by a Pepsi endorsement, Jackson founded the charity back in 1992 and vowed to raise $100 million through a world tour to "spread the message of global love."

Between 1992 and 1997, the organization doled out about $4 million, according to Richard Fowler, director from 1995 to 1997.

However, Jackson's sky-high aspirations never came close to being realized. In 2002, the foundation reported assets of just $3,542 and claimed expenses of $2,585.

Also floundering is Jackson's Heal L.A. project, created to give kids affected by the Los Angeles riots a boost. The project has been suspended since 2001.

A New York branch, Heal the Kids, has not held an event in three years and the attorney general's office has ordered the chapter to formally disband if it continues to idle.

And please, won't someone think of the animals? The Neverland Zoo Foundation, established to aid endangered species, fell apart back in 1998...and no one's heard from Bubbles since.

The Jackson File
E! Online tracks all the latest developments.

Jackson's charities began crumbling long before the current allegations of child molestation against him, yet the reasons why are unclear.

Stuart Backerman, a former Jackson spokesman, attributed the cause to a lack of leadership and inspiration.

The inability to keep his child-centered foundations afloat could further affect Jackson's reputation as a children's activist as he prepares to go trial.

In other Jackson news:

The entertainer is expected to be a no-show at Thursday's grand jury hearing in Santa Barbara County. District Attorney Tom Sneddon will reportedly try to prove that Jackson has a pattern of seduction that he uses on his alleged victims, based on similar complaints from his two young accusers.

Legal experts stated that if Jackson offered testimony before the grand jury as he had been invited to do, it would be a sign that his legal team had lost control over the case.

In a sweeping and restrictive ban, a judge barred all pictures and communication with any prospective or final panelists, as well as grand jury witnesses Wednesday night.

Media lawyers were irked by the ban, which they felt was unduly strict and a violation of the First Amendment.

In a separate court action, a judge threw out several claims in Jackson's lawsuit against Universal Music Group.

In his 2003 suit, Jackson accused UMG of violating a 1980 deal to pay him royalties for recordings he made with Motown Records between 1976 and 1980. UMG has since acquired Motown Records.

Judge Emilie Elias tossed out Jackson's allegation that UMG was guilty of illegal fraudulent business practices, but allowed claims of breach of contract and accounting practices to proceed, a Jackson attorney said.

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