February 29, 2012
Finally, Lady Gaga Enters Our Realm
I don't watch a lot of television -- and I'm old -- so I don't know much about Lady Gaga other than that she sings and that she's known for having worn a "meat dress" during a performance. But I do know that she's very, very famous, and that the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that she is in the process of forming a foundation, the Born This Way Foundation, that will focus on fighting bullying and inspiring bravery among young people.
What's more interesting is the fact that her philanthropic venture is being backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the California Endowment. I am from the east coast and so I do not know much about the latter, but having MacArthur on board (not to mention advice from Harvard's Berkman Center) adds a certain gravitas that I doubt she would be able to achieve on her own.
The Chronicle reports that her mother, a business woman who has worked in telecommunications, will run the foundation. That strikes me as an early misstep.
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