Lady GaGa’s Born This Way Foundation Only Gave $5,000 Of Its $2 Million To Actual Charity

March 13th, 2014 // 37 Comments
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Celebrity charities are by and large horseshit shell corporations – if not outright scams – to give their friends and families cushy jobs that pay them with donated money to do basically jackshit. And if you think Lady GaGa is a special hermaphroditic snowflake of artistic integrity who’s different than all the other celebrities, congratulations, you’re what we call in the biz “a mark.” Showbiz 411 reports:

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.”
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.

Here’s the mission statement for the Born This Way Foundation which amazingly wasn’t just a picture of Lady GaGa’s vagina wearing a top hat. Although I’m sure it will be after someone just read that sentence, so help yourself. It’s on the house.

Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 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.
We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.

“It’s tough out here being gay in a predominantly white, Christian world, Lady GaGa. Help!”
“Sure. I’ll give $5,000 to an LBGT group in Denver and nothing else for the rest of the year.”
“I live in Detroit.”
“Haha! Then you’re fucked.”

The Born This Way Foundation, ladies and gentlemen.

Photos: Terry Richardson


  1. JC

    “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. And by ‘young people,’ we mean Lady Gaga’s friends and family, by ‘skills and opportunities,’ we mean money we scammed, and by ‘kinder, braver world,’ we mean a world in which we give money to Lady Gaga’s friends and family.”

    • Fuck her, and I’m changing my name to “Other”. That’s clearly the dude you want to be confused with.

    • Lady Germagonorrhea

      Lady Gaga is a scammer.

      Lady Gaga was sued in 2011 over sales of “We Pray For Japan” wristbands in a class action suit that claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised. Lady Gaga‘s website indicates that 100 percent of the proceeds from the bracelets go to charity. But the lawsuit alleges that she hiked shipping charges and also kept some of the $5 that she charged for each bracelet.

      According to Reuters: Michigan legal network 1800LAWFIRM also alleges that Gaga and other companies involved in the sale and marketing of the $5 white and red “We Pray for Japan” wristbands overcharged buyers on shipping costs and “artificially inflated reports of total donations.” Sticky business for Gaga, who’s been fundraising for Japanese earthquake victims since the March 11 disaster.

      Charitable concerts, including headlining a benefit show in Tokyo this weekend as well as donations and the sale of bracelets to her Little Monsters have reportedly brought more than $3 million to the cause.


      • K Bye

        Lady Gaga tries to look so hard to be seen as “artistic”, but the only thing she actually managed to come out with…a trying hard desperate pathetic narcissist and a serial scammer !!!

        RIP Lady Gaga (2008-2013)

      • Ex-Monster

        UGH! Same old bullshit coming from Gaga and her fucked up “Monster’s” garbage. She’s the devil in disguise trying to mislead all you fools into her fucked up world. She can’t separate fantasy from reality. A “Goddess of Love” LMAO!!! Wow! What a goof! What was she high on this time when she wrote her pathetic apology letter. Playing the same old “pitty me” “I’m the victim” once again…what a pile of garbage! Just like her music and “talent”, she seems to think she has! FUCK OFF & GO AWAY, SCAMMER. See you in jail….

    • Johnny Barbells

      …no, no, no, you all don’t get it …this money allows gaga to give all her lil’ monsters the REAL gift: more gaga …and THAT is more precious than all the diamonds in africa.

  2. Cock Dr

    Mostly it’s a blog for celebrity bikini shots & nip slips but I do thank the blogger for spotlighting this bullshit.

    • Inner Retard

      Second that.

    • Please Retire Gaga

      It’s easy to understand why ARTPOP flops.

      Any singers who rely on “schtick” instead of simply writing ground-breaking tunes that people can truly appreciate and evoke
      emotions. Once the “shock value” of being different wears off, you damn well better have something else to back it up, and quite frankly, she doesn’t. She’s just a run-of-the-mill pop star with many cheap Euro-thrash flavor. Once her odd-ness became commonplace for her, it’s no longer going to garner the media attention that it used to, so the only thing left to talk about is *sslicking her fans and begging them to download her songs from iTunes multiple times, watching YouTube, which to be honest, is just recycled Cher, Donna Summer, Kylie and Madonna’s era.

      Of course these pop stars do not need to go on Twitter telling the world how good they music would sound and let their music speak. She is in a contest with herself to outdo her last exhibition.

      Boring as f**k !!!

    • Helena Handbasket

      Most celebrity ‘charities’ are total BS publicity tools, not just Gaga’s. You have to look into them to find out (charity watch).

      Another reason why sites like this actually perform an important public service. One day, ‘celebrity’ will be a dirty word.

  3. Still beats Locks of Love. And those “paralyzed veteran” groups that send you address labels.

  4. Ha, ha, ha! Showbiz 411—what a bunch of rubes! They obviously don’t appreciate that in this post-Shia-LaBoeuf, everything-is-performance-art world, “Born This Way” is a *hipster ironic* charity foundation.


      Of course, inside Gaga’s *ss, there is a group of delusional stupid fans called Monsters !

      Her latest ARTPFLOP should come with a money back guarantee sticker on the cover. You are doing something quite wrong when you go from having one of the most acclaimed and successful pop records like The Fame Monster was, to something like ARTPOOP. This record is highly overproduced and sounds dated, it seems like she has no aim to evolve, she’s stuck with cheap EDM music beats.

      Lady Gaga’s lyrics have never been a highlight, however stupid lyrics can get a pass if the production and execution of the song is good overall. Not the case this time, the only song that can approach these qualifications is Bad Romance. The rest is overproduced, oversung, oversexualized, incoherent and poorly executed. She made so much hype about Applause before its release. Interviews, Tweets, a countdown on Facebook… Well the song comes out and its mediocre. Let’s talk about Gaga’s pretentiousness. Wasn’t this labeled as the new Thriller by someone in her team? Well, someone should hit that guy’s head. The title not only is pretentious also cringeworthy and brainfart. I wonder if this is really what Gaga’s conceive as art mixing with pop culture or she just got lost in the process, as per usual. This is more like Gaga singing about how much she likes to get praised, and talking about meaningless stuff, something she has been doing since record number one. Fame, money, sex, love. How innovative, does she still have something different to offer, besides her obnoxious, ridiculous and desperate look-at-me costumes? If we take ARTPOOP as the answer for this question, is a big NO. Anyone who bought it should have every right to feel duked.

  5. Inner Retard

    I have a foundation. The “Cure the Greed” foundation. Money is the root of all evil and it turns good people into monsters. So, if you want to do more and help yourself be a better person let me help you. Send me that evil, filthy money and experience the levity of your new moral life immediately!

    PS: make checks out to ‘Cash’

  6. Charities are the biggest bullshit and scams, I never give one dime to them. I have a neighbor who runs some charity/non-profit, and not some big one or well known one by any means and yet he still somehow manages to live in a nice 5,000 sq.ft, million dollar home, and drive not one, not two, but three brand new $100,000 plus vehicles.

  7. I don’t know if it’s just the pose or the leopard print / young Peggy Bundy look, but man do I ever want to pee in her butt right now.

  8. ace11

    I hope that guy she bangs wears condoms

  9. Lame

    I guess it makes sense that this is on this blog since liberals like GaGa are all a bunch of superficial, uncharitable twats. Otherwise, more crap from a titty site.

  10. she should be in prison along with her mother.

  11. Lady Gaga Terry Richardson
    Commented on this photo:

    Shortly after this photo was taken, Gaga shot his load all over Terry’s chest. (some got in his eye)

  12. This is a common theme for most “charity organizations”, not just celebrity backed ones. Being a non-profit doesn’t mean people aren’t paid exorbitant amounts of money, it just means they don’t have to pay taxes.

    It’s a loophole in our tax code, so no reason to hate on celebrities for taking advantage of it. Let’s hate on celebrities because they are shitty human beings.

  13. “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. We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.”

    I haven’t seen more vague empty worded nonsense since I last tuned into C-Span.

  14. poop

    the organizations purpose isn’t to give out free money, like it’s literally to go around spreading “positive” ideas about yourself or whatever. they offer counseling on the bus and shit. it may be total bullshit but I don’t think they ever said it was their goal to donate tons of money

  15. Man it’s like you printed a photo directly from deepest, most secret fantasy, of having anal with Kathy Griffin while she’s dressed as an aged, divorcee version of Josie from Josie and the Pussycats.

  16. Slash

    There’s an army of lawyers and other “image consultants” (PR flacks) who “advise” people (for a generous fee) on how to do this shit. They’re essentially legal tax shelters.

    The wealthy have ways of getting out of taxes that the little people can only dream of. Remember, they’re job creators, so they deserve it.

  17. Slash

    “Even I’m not that desperate…”

    Is what the dog is thinking.

  18. Margaret

    Showbiz=Vortex of Bullshit. The end.

    • Wendy Williams' Tea

      Lady Gaga is an imposter a human tumbler account. All her music, costumes, and Madonna-esque persona come from brilliant artist before her.

      She doesn’t write her own songs completely (look at her credits in Artpop) she only wrote 2-3 songs. She needs at least 6-7 people to come out with a lukewarm hit song like Applause or Do What U Want. Yup but she takes credit for them all. Embarassing and phony.

      She is a flop con artist who shouldn’t be paid for literally copying other people’s work!!! Lil monsters can cry all they want that she doesn’t copy and writes all her albums the only people they fool are 10-17 year olds.

  19. Jennyfurr

    Pretty much the MO of every charity and non profit.

  20. PassingTrue

    Referring only to the photo, I am concerned that those aren’t leopard spots, they’re just stains.

  21. anonym

    I never donate to charities because of this.

    Dumbfucks who donate to shit like this deserve to part with their money.

  22. malaka

    genuine charitable actions are carried out anonymously.

  23. Lady Gaga Terry Richardson
    Commented on this photo:

    Cocaine’s one helluva drug

  24. Ripley's Believe It Or Not

    So, she’s a fucking fraud – WHO KNEW?

  25. Lady Gaga Terry Richardson
    Commented on this photo:

    Looking for the rest of that $2 million? Here it is!

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