Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Carries Huge Costs

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March 12, 2014 | 8:26am EST

Bosses of Lady Gaga’s charitable foundation have defended its $1.9 million running costs after tax records showed a huge chunk of the organisation’s revenue went to lawyers and consultants.
The pop superstar launched her Born This Way Foundation in 2012 with an aim to stamp out bullying and empower her young fans.
However, tax records for the same year show almost half of the non-profit charity’s $2.7 million revenue was spent on attorneys and services from experts in “strategic development” and “philanthropic consulting”.
The company spent $406,552 on legal fees, $300,000 on strategy, and $150,000 for charity consultation.
Meanwhile, it is claimed only one $5,000 grant was awarded in the same period.
The foundation, run by Gaga’s mother Cynthia Germanotta, also dished out $77,923 on travel costs and $58,678 for publicity.
However, a spokesperson for the organisation insists all costs were necessary, telling the New York Post, “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.”