About the Foundation


Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages rigorous academic research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities, improved mental health resources, and more positive environments – online and offline.


Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 with the goal of creating a kinder and braver world. Young people are key to that mission and that’s why we work to provide youth with genuine opportunities, quality resources, and platforms to make their voices heard.

We launch programs tailored to and powered by young people, putting their ideas, voices, and needs first.

We engage young people online and in their communities, working with a diverse group of partners to connect youth with the services they need to thrive and drive change.

We work with leading researchers to improve understanding of the factors that affect youth wellness and empowerment.

Today’s young people are a passionate, collaborative, and diverse generation. Born This Way Foundation believes that they are our most promising problem solvers and effective change makers. With support for their creativity and boundless potential, young people stand ready to strengthen our communities and build a kinder and braver world for all.


Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board is a group of leading experts in youth wellness and mental health, social and emotional learning, and bullying. They guide the Foundation’s research-related initiatives and ensure our programming is grounded in the latest scientific evidence.

Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of youth leaders from around the country. They advise the Foundation on issues facing young people today and serve as ambassadors for our work in their communities.


Our work is made possible through the generous support of a wide range of partners and most importantly, the support of young people across the country. Your tax deductible contribution to Born This Way Foundation will go towards empowering young people to build a kinder and braver world.