$5,000 in donations may seem like a lot of money, but considering that Gaga’s charity raised $2.1 million dollars, you have to wonder what the hell happened to the rest of the money.
Showbix 411′s Roger Friedman published a break down of the Born This Way Foundation’s tax report. The foundation claimed $2.1 million in net assets (donations came in at $2.6 million), and here’s how the money was spent:
$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
What the hell is other?
On top of all of this, people have started to notice that the Born This Way Foundation’s mission statement is to “foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation 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.”
But does not include that it achieves this ‘goal’ by giving the needy the money raised in their name. The whole foundation comes off as fishy, and as a half-hearted attempt at doing any real good.
In 2012 the foundation did run a poster campaign “to inspire bravery”, sponsored the Born Brave Bus Tour (basically a tailgate for Gaga’s shows), launched a youth advisory board, and worked with Office Depot on a line of products that included “empowerment gift cards,” “Bravery Bracelets,” and “Kindness Sticks” Post-It Notes.
Also, BTWF president Cynthia Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga’s mom) spoke at the U.S. Department of Education’s third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit.
It’s not possible to quantify whether or not any of the above is helping anyone.
There’s hoping it might help, but that’s like hoping the homeless guy’s going to have a meal that day. You can hope all you want, or you can buy him some goddamn food.