Openly bisexual pop star Lady Gaga will be donating $1 million to the Robin Hood Foundation which in turn will distribute those funds among five New York City-based groups that aid homeless LGBT youths, it has been announced. One hundred percent of the money will be used to support nonprofits.
More on the partnership from the Robin Hood website:
What do Lady Gaga and Robin Hood have in common? Constant innovation and lots of heart. Since 1988, Robin Hood has funded the most effective poverty-fighting organizations in New York City, granting over $1 billion to help our neighbors in need.
Right now, 4,000 New York City teens are living on the street. Some aged out of the foster care system, some ran away from abusive homes, and others were rejected by their families because of their sexual orientation. Robin Hood’s programs offer a lifeline to the city’s most vulnerable teens, helping them get off the streets and build stable lives. We believe every teen deserves a chance at success. We hope that you do, too.
The money will in fact be divided up in a rather unique way. In what seems like an effort to encourage awareness of each of the five charities, Lady Gaga and Robin Hood are asking people to vote on which charity should get the largest share, with that group getting $500,000.
After that, the prizes will be divided up like this: $200,000 will be granted to the charity with the second highest number of votes. $150,000 will be granted to the charity with the third highest number of votes. $100,000 will be granted to the charity with the fourth highest number of votes. $50,000 will be granted to the charity with the fifth highest number of votes.
The charities are:
- The Door — Providing services for over 11,000 young people, The Door runs a health clinic, legal services, LGBTQ counseling and activities, G.E.D. classes, arts classes and more.
- Hetrick-Martin Institute — America’s oldest social service organization dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth. The Institute provides, year-on-year, over 1,500 teens and young adults with health services, food, counseling, education, career development and sexual health advice.
- Lawyers for Children — Free legal and social work servicing approximately 40,000 youth since its conception, Lawyers for Children has a special focus on vulnerable groups like LGBTQ youth and those aging out of care.
- Safe Horizon — Serving 1,700 homeless and abused young adults in New York City, nearly half of which are LGBTQ, Safe Horizon’s Streetwork program allows the organization to meet homeless and impoverished youths when they are at their most vulnerable and help them move on from hurt and neglect by supporting them as they attempt to make a new start.
- SCO Family of Services — Having served New York City’s homeless, vulnerable and LGBTQ youth for decades, SCO Family of Services provides what is termed “transitional housing,” education, health services, life skills training and career guidance.
You can click here to learn more and also find out how to vote. Voting closes Friday May 6th, 2011 at 6:00am EST.