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Lady Gaga’s charitable mess

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Posted: 6 am ET

Here's why it's not always a good idea to take celebrities at face value, especially when it involves money.

Lady Gaga's foundation is being criticized for making only one small donation.

Lady Gaga's foundation is being criticized for making only one small donation.

The 2012 federal tax form for Lady Gaga's foundation, Born This Way, shows a paltry $5,000 in donations and a staggering $1.85 million in expenses, including legal costs, travel, publicity and consulting fees.

While some of the expenses could be considered necessary for a new foundation, it's the amount that has sparked outrage. The tax form, available on the GuideStar website, shows $406,552 in legal fees, $72,752 in salaries, $150,000 in philanthropic consulting, $77,923 in travel and $808,661 in "other" expenses, detailed on Schedule O as mostly publicity, design, event development and social media and website production.

The foundation, begun in 2011, states on its website that the mission is to "foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated." It goes on to state that it 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."

The foundation issued a statement to the New York Post defending its expenses. "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," the statement read.

No doubt Lady Gaga will have more to say on the subject, but whether the expenses are worthy or not, the publicity is a reminder to delve a little deeper before opening your wallet to any charity. Online resources such as GuideStar and Charity Navigator provide easy access to information.

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26 Comments
edna
March 26, 2014 at 6:25 am

i am not familiar with her talent or lack thereof. from what I have seen she should be named lady ugh ugh.

Kevin
March 21, 2014 at 8:31 am

The 2012 federal tax form for Lady Gaga's foundation, Born This Way, shows a paltry $5,000 in donations and a staggering $1.85 million in expenses, including legal costs, travel, publicity and consulting fees.

Folks, She received $5000 in donations and claimed 1.85 million in expenses! She is avoiding taxation not stealing from the people.
You guys think the government should redistribute the wealth?
Typical liberals.

DIFFERENT-2
March 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!
She started in 2011, this I have to comment on, Lady GAGA is on of the most unselfish stars that has ever hit the stage. Legal fees to do anything is criminal, we pay more to defend the guilty than she is to help people see the world in a better light. Travel, hotel, design, all cost money and look at the salary??? She can be paying more than 10,0000 a year per person. Blue Cross pays there CEO's upward of 65 million a year plus 12 million bonuses. Now that is a problem. Lady GAGA would sit on a dirty side walk and share her lunch with a homeless person, she is working born this way for a reason. If I an extra dime to my name right now I would give it to her!

Guest
March 20, 2014 at 7:37 pm

What a stupid mission statement. What kind of moron would donate to such a charity? Oh I know, godless liberals.

/lillian ziemba
March 20, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Shame Shame on you Lady GAGA, We were at Bloomies at Christmas and spent quite a bit, You can do better than that.

pmath
March 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm

She can call it a charitable foundation to make the world a better place, yada yada yada, all she wants. Looks more like fraud and theft to me. Buyers (philanthropists) beware!

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