It’s that time of year again.
November is here, which means Movember is here.
Yes, the men of the world have shaved off their facial hair and are letting a moustache grow above their lip all month long in support of men’s health issues.
Now in its 11th year since beginning back in Australia in 2003, the Movember movement is strong.
If you have participated, are participating, or have donated, you’re probably curious where all the money raised ends up.
Movember contributes to a variety of men’s health issues, and the allocation of funds is split between those issues.
To date they have funded 832 projects in 21 countries, via 28 men’s health partners.
“We work closely with our global men’s health partners to ensure collaboration, transparency and accountability for every project we fund. We monitor this through report cards which detail what we seek to achieve, key measures and the impact,” notes Movember CEO Adam Garone on the website.
The four categories that have funded projects include Prostate Cancer, Men’s Health, Mental Health and Testicular Cancer.
In Canada, organizations that have received funding from Movember include Kids Help Phone, Canadian Mental Health Initiative, Movember Clinical Trials Initiative, Rising Stars In Prostate Cancer Research, Men’s Depression and Suicide Network ,and many more.
While many of the organizations currently being funded focus on the original cause – prostate cancer research and treatment – as the movement has expanded, so has the reach of the funds and the goals of Movember to include all the health issues men face.
Their website offers up annual reports for each year of operation to maintain transparency.
In 2013, Movember Canada raised $33.9 million during the campaign.
From that number, 90.5% of funds went to men’s health programs, 7.3% went to fundraising costs, and 2.2% went to administration costs.
Of that 90.5%, 42.5% went to Prostate Cancer Canada-managed programs, 37.7% went to Canadian Men’s Health Network-managed programs, and 19.8% went to Movember Canada managed programs.
All images from Movember Canada