READING, United Kingdom — Lady Gaga may be most famous for her significant influence on popular culture, singing classics such as “Born This Way” and “Just Dance.” However, behind the scenes, she works tirelessly to improve the lives of disadvantaged people globally. Here are five ways Lady Gaga’s philanthropy has had a positive impact across the world.
5 Ways Lady Gaga’s Philanthropy Helps the Impoverished
- Her $127.9 million collaboration with WHO and Global Citizen – In 2020, Lady Gaga teamed up with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen for their highly successful One World: Together at Home campaign, raising $127.9 million in donations globally for COVID-19 relief efforts. She played a key role in the curation of the event, gathering together renowned celebrities such as Billie Eilish, John Legend and Elton John to inspire people and put on a show in the name of charity. More than 140 community organizations received crucial funding from this initiative, providing vital health care, essential PPE and emergency help to those who could not access it otherwise.
- Raising $500,000 for the Haiti earthquake survivors – Another example of Lady Gaga’s philanthropy was after the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Lady Gaga wanted to do her bit in the relief effort to help the 1.5 million people displaced by the natural disaster. During her Monster’s Ball tour, Lady Gaga donated all the profits of “one show worth of tickets” as well as all merchandise profits- to charities supporting Haitians during their time of need. She also had a 24-hour sale on her website, which she called “Gaga for Haiti” where all profits would go to charities offering aid and support in Haiti.
- Her Viva Glam collaboration with MAC Cosmetics – MAC Cosmetics founded Viva Glam in 1994 and it is a line of lipsticks of which 100% of the profits go to supporting causes such as HIV prevention and treatment, empowering women in poverty and sexual health education for young people globally. Gaga joined forces with the iconic makeup brand in 2010 to create a line of lipsticks, which racked up sales of an astonishing $202 million, of which all went to causes that saved and enriched lives globally.
- We Pray For Japan – After the devastating tsunami in 2011, Japan was in a dire state. Around 20,000 people lost their lives and 500,000 more people had to evacuate their homes. Globally, governments and charities alike came to their aid. Lady Gaga’s philanthropy also came into play — she sold wristbands at $5 each to support the cause. With this idea, she amassed a total of $250,000 to put toward supporting relief efforts in Japan.
- The Born This Way Foundation – Wanting to expand on her philanthropic efforts, Lady Gaga decided to take matters into her own hands. In 2011, along with her mother, she created the Born This Way Foundation, an organization helping disadvantaged youths find strength in kindness and offering support for those struggling with their mental health. Thus far, more than 1,630 projects focusing on mental health in the classroom have been carried out already. The foundation seeks to help people globally and provides mental resource information to people across the globe. The foundation has also provided support to more than 600 nonprofits working to improve mental health.
A Positive Impact
Overall, there are many ways Lady Gaga’s philanthropy has positively impacted communities globally and the singer-songwriter does not show any signs of slowing in her efforts to reduce global poverty and help the disadvantaged.
– Annabel Kartal-Allen