Lady Gaga has pledged to donate $1 million to New York area charities to support impoverished youth.
The pop singer has partnered with the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York-based charity serving the poor and homeless, to distribute the funds.
“I’m thrilled to be working with the Robin Hood Foundation to distribute funds to help the youth of New York City, “said Lady Gaga. “NYC is my hometown and I think investing in these kids’ future will go a long way.”
Gaga and Robin Hood have launched two Facebook contests to involve fans in selecting the most deserving charity.
Fans are asked to “like” the foundation on Facebook in order to get a chance to win tickets to a private show benefiting Robin Hood on May 9.
The second contest, promoted on Lady Gaga’s Facebook page, enables fans to vote on which of five organizations helping teens living in poverty will win the most money. The winner will be announced at the concert.
Among the charities selected is the the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the oldest and largest multi-service organization that provides programs and services to New York City’s at-risk LGBTQ youth, and the founder and host of the Harvey Milk High School.
The other four charities vying for Gaga’s dollars are: SCO Family of Services, Lawyers for Children, The Door, and Safe Horizon.
The winning charity will receive a $500,000 grant over a two-year period, and the remaining charities would receive smaller grants.