June 3rd, 2016

We are excited to announce funding updates for both our prostate cancer and mental health initiatives in the US 

Funded Programs Update
Where The Money Goes
Prostate cancer program update
The Movember Foundation is proud to announce that, thanks to our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas, a donation of over $5.3 million has been made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), our valued men’s health partner since 2007. These funds were raised by our Movember community during the 2015 campaign and will support new Movember Foundation-PCF Challenge Awards, which aim to find better treatments and ultimately a cure prostate cancer by funding first-in-field research. To date, the Movember Foundation has contributed over $44 million to the PCF funding 28 projects with global impact that will help further our combined aim to provide men in urgent need with new prostate cancer treatments and cures. Thanks to the Movember community’s generous financial support we work with world-class partners like the PCF towards a world where men live happier, healthier, longer lives. 

Mental Health program update
The Movember Foundation, in partnership with the Prevention Institute, has funded 16 communities across the US to improve mental health and wellbeing for men and boys. The Making Connections initiative prioritizes those who have particularly high need for community-level attention to improve mental wellbeing, including active and retired armed service members and men and boys of color, and their families.

The initiative was developed from a detailed landscape report commissioned by the Movember Foundation: Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys in the U.S. that was released in 2014. The report found key challenges to achieving mental wellbeing for men and boys in the US include:
  • American society produces anxiety and is full of risks and stressors such as lack of economic opportunity, unstable economy, growing inequity, and exposure to violence
  • Disconnection and isolation—from community, peers, family, children and culture
  • Male socialization that discourages expression of needs or emotions
  • Trauma, and its associated symptoms of mental and psychological illness, is more prevalent in the U.S. than in most other countries around the world.
  • Active and retired armed service members, veterans, men and boys of color, and their families, are disproportionately impacted by trauma in the U.S.
The good news is that there is strong evidence that prevention and early intervention can help improve mental health. Changing limited definitions of masculinity and addressing stigmas can increase opportunities for men to seek care that can help prevent and address mental health problems.

Mental health is not only an individual issue, but also a societal issue that Making Connections looks to address with broader community-based approaches and through fostering resilience in individuals, families and communities.

Through Making Connections we are working with the 16 communities and the Prevention Institute to develop prevention-oriented, community-driven strategies that draw on the communities’ knowledge and customs to develop the most effective and culturally relevant approaches. Making Connections seeks to connect men and boys in the places where they spend the most time and through activities they enjoy doing. Our goal is to reconnect men and boy to their families, communities and cultural identities to expand and improve notions of masculinity.

Participating sites include Albuquerque, NM; Florence, SC; Canton, CT; New Orleans, LA; Honolulu, HI; Tacoma, WA; Boston, MA; Chicago and Kankakee, IL; Los Angeles, San Diego and Stockton, CA; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; Lincoln, NE; and Oklahoma City, Ok.

While these funding updates are a great accomplishment, there is much work to be done to create a world where men live happier, healthier, longer lives. Please donate to the Movember Foundation today to make this goal a reality. 

Donate now