Donating for Dummies

Will Gaga’s $1 Million Donation To Gay Youth Actually Reach Gay Youth?

Not one to let a social media campaign escape her, Lady Gaga is letting her Facebook fans decide how she should donate a million dollars. Though she certainly could use a new creative director and better prosthetics, you can’t argue with Gaga for going the more charitable route with her gay-earned dollars. The artist better known for making awesome music videos to otherwise terrible pop songs has partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation in New York to give $1 million to five non-profits working with homeless or at-risk LGBT youth.

Those in the running? The DoorHetrick-Martin Institute, Lawyers for Children, Safe Horizon, SCO Family of Services.

Here’s the catch. The money will be distributed according to the number of votes each organization gets on Facebook: $500,000 for the most votes, then $200,000, $150,000, $100,000 and $50,000, respectively. So unlike Katy Perry at the Grammys, no one is walking home empty-handed when the winner is announced at a special benefit concert on May 9.

But how exactly will these non-profits use Mother Monster’s megabucks? We did a little investigating as to how the organizations were planning on funneling the donation money. Using their statement of functional expense, we found out the dollar figure that goes directly to programming rather than to administrative costs. Here’s how their efficiency breaks down…