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:
You can click here to learn more and also find out how to vote. Voting closes Friday May 6th, 2011 at 6:00am EST.
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