Lady Gaga Charity Report Card: $1.85 Million in Expenses, One $5K Grant

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Lady Gaga is under fire regarding her charity's finances, after records show an inordinate amount spent on expenses and little given to actual charity.

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The Born This Way Foundation's 2012 form 990 names Stefani Germanotta (a.k.a Lady Gaga) as director, and her mother Cynthia as its president.

The singer's foundation claimed total revenue of $2.66 million for that fiscal year, $1.85 million of which was allocated to various operational expenses.

The 501(c)(3) organization spent $406,552 on legal expenses, $348,000 on event production, $150,000 on philanthropic consulting and $77,923 on travel.

In terms of grants, the foundation lists just one $5,000 grant in 2012.

Born This Way aims to “connect youth in safe ways and empowering them with skills and opportunities that will inspire them to create a kinder and braver world.”

At least some of those expenses appear to have been used for that.

The Born Brave Bus Tour, which occurred in 2013, stopped at 23 locations and met with more than 20,000 people, according to the foundation’s website.

Lady Gaga tweeted around the time of the bus tour’s launch:

"For those wondering about the 'counseling' at the BTWBall BornBrave pre-show, it will be a fun tailgaiting experience for Little Monsters to unite."

"At the BornBrave Bus," she went on, "you have access to professional private or group chats about mental health, bullying, school and friends."

Also in her defense, according to the charity’s records, none of the money spent in 2012 went to Gaga or her family, none of whom were compensated.

Gaga is not the first celeb to face scrutiny over charity records.

Last year, ESPN's Outside the Lines reported that Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom's charity, Cathy's Kids, had raised approximately $2.2 million since 2004.

It had yet to give out a cent to cancer-related causes.

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The charity isn't about raising money for the needy. The money goes to pay for the things like the bus full of professional counselors that travel around with her on tour and give her bullied fans someone to talk to.

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this means she really cares?

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