Report Calls Lady Gaga's Born ThIs Way Foundation Charitable Givings Into Question

Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman is exclusively reporting that Lady Gaga's charity the Born This Way Foundation hasn't been quite as charitable as it presumably should be. 

Apparently only $5000 of its $2.1 million in net assets (and $2.6 million in donations) translated into grants for individuals or organizations. 

So where did the money allegedly go?

Friedman provides a breakdown (and Gawker provides the list) based on the Born This Way Foundation's 2012 tax report:

$300,000 in strategic consulting

$62,836 on stage productions

$50,000 on social media

$50,000 on event coordination

$406,552 on legal

$150,000 on philanthropic consulting

$60,000 on research

$58,768 on publicity fees

$78,000 on travel

$72,000 on salaries

$808,661 on "other"

$5,000 on grants to organizations or individuals

That's a large amount of legal and consulting fees, not to mention the elusive "other."

While the Showbiz 411 report seemingly calls into question the handling of the Foundation's funds and how charitable it actually is, it may shine more of a light on how much goes into sustaining a charity and how unfortunate it is that the bureaucratic systems in place seem to keep the funds from going where they're sorely needed. 

Or it could be some big tax write-off? 

What do you think, Instincters? Gaga's been a consistent LGBT advocate and we think her heart's in the right place. Do you think the tax report disclosures present an accurate picture?


Having worked for Gaga's attorneys, I can vouch that they grossly overcharge.  She is probably unaware of their scam.  Rather than create her own events, Gaga might be better off donating to existing organizations that promote the goals of her charity, e.g., GLAAD, Heritage of Pride, LGBTQ youth homes and others. 

72k for staff isnt to bad for a large charity though I do think the 808k may have been mother not other

From what i read - the foundation is not about grant giving but actually going to different communities to educate and empower young people.  So even if they only gave $5,000 - that is not what this foundation is for. 



Yeah I thought the point of the foundation was just outreach to help create dialogue and safe spaces. The website and bus tour did that. Plus I read she donated most of the money anyway. 

If your admin/fundraising costs are over 25% for an organization like this you're doing something wrong.  Hire me and I'll turn it around (at a much cheaper rate).

Funny...have we thought about start up fees? Its not free to start any kind chartiable platform nor business. Lay off of her!

Having been a CEO of a charity their is no start up costs its all done by volunteers even i was a volunteer working 30hrs a week doing funders bids and organizing all the needs of the charity as well as working a 39hr full time job. Time to wake up there are no start up costs I dealt with the foundation to ask for funding  and felt there was something not right then that was in 2011 when it was set up so any costs for start up would have been then but they don't exist. Just  alot of wasted money on image consultation etc

If you were indeed CEO of "a charity" of any kind, let's hope you had minions working for you who made up for your lack of ability to use proper grammar. Trying to read your rebuttal took more concentration and translation than it was really worth.

Yes I did I was a voluntary ceo and the is a message board not a formal letter so get over it as you probably like to say I was born this way dyslexia and all 

Tax write off. I wish Roger Friedman would investigate the charity that was created in Dale Earnhardt's name, after he died. (Daytona 500 crash in 2001).

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