If you have a favorite celebrity who fronts a charity or a "foundation", please know that most of that money goes to friends and family and jetskis and dolphin steaks sauteed in baby penguin blood and champagne. Little to none, of course, goes to the actual people it claims to help. So, clutch your pearls, because Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, which is "dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world", is merely an ATM that never runs out of her money for her and her mom. Sorry, young people expected to be connected with skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world. Lady Gaga only got 5 on it.
The foundation, which lists Gaga’s lovely mom, Cynthia Germanotta, as president, had a lot of expenses in 2012 that had nothing to do with helping anyone. They spent $300,000 on “Strategic Consulting (web, digital),” $62,836 on “Stage Productions (Harvard, LA, UN),” $50,000 on “Social Media,” and another almost $50,000 on “Event Coordination.” What? Born this Way also spent: $808,661 on “other”; $406,552 on “Legal”; $150,000 on “Philanthropic Consulting”; $60,000 on “research”; 58,768 on “Publicity fees”; $78,000 on “travel”. They spent $72,000 on salaries– presumably for running the Born this Way bus, although that episode had its own expense line. Under ‘grants to organizations or individuals”: $ 5000. Five thousand dollars. They claimed net assets of $2.1 million. Donations came to $2.6 million, up from $1.4 million in 2011. But there’s no detailed listing of contributors or donations. I suspect most of the money came from Lady Gaga’s earnings. Where it went, and why it went there, is a mystery still.
So $2M in assets and $5K actually donated to charity. Miranda Kerr donated more than that to non-humans. And please keep in mind this is Lady Gaga. "Charity" is probably a transgendered stripper who needed hormone injections and some new weaves.