Lady Gaga is planning to expand her Channel Kindness media charity so it can provide help to the world’s poor.
The Born This Way musician founded the non-profit in 2016 as a media platform for young journalists, but has now filed documents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office stating she will hugely expand its remit.
According to her filing, the charity will now provide food and furniture to the needy, help teenage mothers with childcare and housing, provide food to orphans and the hospitalized.
Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, is also planning to expand her charity’s involvement in youth programs, as she has registered her interest in hosting intercollegiate athletic events and providing grants to organizations promoting lesbian, bisexual and transgender awareness. She is also planning to fund action against cyberbullying.
Channel Kindness is an offshoot of the year-old Born This Way Foundation, which she founded with her mother Cynthia Germanotta in 2011.
The 32-year-old star, who is a sexual assault survivor and has been fighting the chronic pain disorder fibromyalgia, told Billboard that she had decided to set up her charity after speaking to her fans about their own difficulties.
“They would tell me their stories – and many of them were very dark,” she explained. “As I began to care for them and to see myself in them, I felt I had to do something that would remind kids they’re not alone. When they feel isolated, that’s when it leads to suicide.”
Since founding the organization she has campaigned to help teens suffering from anxiety, terminal illnesses, eating disorders and depression.
The singer and actress finished her Joanne world tour in August last year (17) and is now set to appear in a remake of the classic musical A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper – who will also direct.