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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Do Mo' Good in Movember

Since its origin in 2003, when two friends decided to challenge themselves and others to grow mustaches, the Movember movement, and the Movember Foundation (☆☆☆), has blossomed into one of the most prominent faces of men's health on a global scale. Realizing the power of a moustache to start a conversation, the Movember Foundation has been challenging people to grow out their facial hair in the month of November and to use that process as a way to start conversations regarding men's health issues and raise funds to help organizations that fight prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide.

Today, there is a myriad of ways that one can participate in Movember, and participants are no longer just people who can grow those facial follicles. Anyone can actively participate by growing out their mustache, shaving off their beard, participating in various physical activities, or hosting events, such as trivia nights, in order to get the word out, raise awareness, and creatively raise funds to help support these causes.

So this November, consider participating however you can, whether as an individual or as a coordinated team. Or, you can always support other organizations fighting these same battles in the field of men's health. Please find several highly-rated charities below.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation
Funding high-impact research to find better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer

Formerly CaPCure, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world's leading philanthropic organization for funding prostate-cancer research. PCF was founded in 1993 to find better treatments and a cure for recurrent prostate cancer. Through its unique model for soliciting and selecting promising research programs and rapid deployment of resources, the PCF has funded more than 1,500 programs at nearly 200 research centers in 20 countries around the world. Its advocacy for increased government and private support of prostate cancer programs has helped build a global research enterprise of nearly $10 billion.

ZERO -The End of Prostate Cancer
Zero prostate cancer deaths. Zero prostate cancer cases and for those with prostate cancer it means a zero PSA.

ZERO's mission is to end prostate cancer. We will save lives and stop pain and suffering by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support to men and their families.

ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. We lead the fight to end the disease by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support to men and their families. Our premier programs include the ZERO Prostate Cancer Challenge, the largest men's health event series in America. We are a 501c3 charity, a Better Business Bureau member and 98 cents of every dollar donated goes to programs and activities.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Out of the darkness

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Five Core Strategies:

  • Fund scientific research
  • Offer educational programs for professionals
  • Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
  • Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
  • Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation
Written by Zach Weinsteiger, Associate Program Analyst at Charity Navigator.

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