Lady Gaga‘s mother has denied reports that her daughter’s Born This Way foundation only gives a tiny percentage of its funds to charitable cases.
It was alleged by Showbiz 411 earlier this week that only $5000 out of the foundation’s $2.1 million assets was given as “grants to organisations and individuals”, with $300,000 spent on consulting, $50,000 on social media and the same amount on event coordination, with $400,000 on legal services and over $800,000 on unspecified goods. The foundation was formed by Gaga to ’empower youth’ and ‘inspire bravery’.
However, Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, has written a piece for Huffington Post, calling the claims inaccurate. “There is quite a bit of inaccurate information out there right now that misinterprets the essential mission and critical work of a very special organisation that was founded several years ago by Stefani Germanotta, whom you all know as Lady Gaga,” wrote Cynthia Germanotta.
Cynthia went on to state: “First and foremost, we are an organisation that conducts our charitable activity directly, and we fund our own work. We are not a grant-maker that funds the work of other charities, and were never intended to be.” She then details the awareness raising Born Brave Bus Tour, and writes that Gaga funded the start-up costs with her own money and states that the foundations website and social media inititaives instrumental in promoting ‘being kind to others’.
“Every dollar spent across these categories, including the legal fees towards the safe and effective implementation of each initiative, directly serves Born This Way Foundation’s core mission of empowering youth,” she says. “Each of these initiatives was funded via monies detailed on the 2012 Form 990. And a true examination of this form, not to mention a clear understanding of the differences between a grant-making organization and one that carries out its work directly would have made this a non-story.”
Lady Gaga is the keynote speaker at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Gaga will give a talk on Friday March 14 at the festival, in a talk led by journalist John Norris at the Austin Hilton Hotel. Gaga will play tonight (March 13) at the Dorito’s BoldStage event at Austin venue Stubb’s. The show is in aid of the Born This Way Foundation.
Gaga’s show was originally intended to be on a stage shaped like a giant Doritos vending machine, but was moved to Stubb’s after safety concerns over the original venue.
Gaga brings her artRAVE tour to the UK in October, with arena shows in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, London and Birmingham.