Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Falls Short on Actual Charity

From the $2.65 million in revenue that Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation made on it’s wildly popular “Born to Be Brave” 23-event US bus tour, it paid out a single $5,000 grant. The nonprofit ended up paying out a staggering $406,552 in legal fees, $300,000 for “strategic development” and $150,000 for “philanthropic consulting,” according to its 2012 charity filing.

Lady Gaga Born This Way

Is Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation wasting money?
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Add to that $348,000 for bus-tour production, $77,923 for travel, $62,836 for stage production, $60,000 for research, $58,678 for publicity, $50,000 for social-media development and $47,825 for meeting and event coordination. This all brought the total expenses in to $1.85 million.

In 2012, Lady Gaga and fellow chart-topper Taylor Swift topped the list of’s “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good” list. According to the list, Gaga launched the Born This Way fund with a personal $1.2 million donation and also gave another $1 million to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“Every dollar spent across these categories, including the legal fees towards the safe and effective implementation of each initiative, directly serves the Born This Way Foundation’s core mission of empowering youth,” a statement read.

Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, the unpaid president, claims the foundation had nearly 19,288 young participants learning about civic engagement during last year’s summer bus tour.


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