Lady Gaga’s Crowd-Sourced Charity Campaign

Step aside, Mother Teresa, Goodwill has a new poster girl

It seems the princess of pop is at it again, and this time, she’s aiming to help New York City’s disconnected youth.

It’s not enough that Lady Gaga is an international superstar, gay rights activist, and fashion icon— she’s also invested in social services and social change. Step aside, Mother Teresa, Goodwill has a new poster girl.

Lady Gaga has teamed up with Buddy Media and the Robin Hood Foundation to garner money for five youth-oriented charity organizations in New York. Together, they’re spearheading a crowd-sourced charity campaign to raise money for five organizations that provide much-needed services to underprivileged and at-risk youth.

The organizations include: SCO Family of Services, an organization that strengthens family ties and connects LGBTQ youth to support services; Lawyers for Children, which provides youth with legal assistance, access to safe housing, and social services;  The Door, which provides NYC’s disconnected youth with a safe space to learns and grow; the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which provides LGBTQ youth with medical and professional connections; and Safe Horizon, which connects homeless and abused youth to the services they need.

Lady Gaga hopes to use social media to spread awareness about these organizations and to attract much-needed funding from the interested public. The winning charity will be announced this Monday May 9th during Gaga’s performance at Robin Hood’s annual benefit.