The Work We Fund

Funded projects
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." - Owen Sharp, CEO
Prostate Cancer
"Together with the brightest minds in research, we aim to achieve significant breakthroughs in the hope of beating prostate cancer. Our disruptive funding approach identifies revolutionary ways to accelerate health outcomes by creating strong, global collaborative teams." Dr. Colleen Nelson, Global Scientific Chair.
Men's Health
"One Mo can help change the face of men’s health through the powerful conversations created globally during Movember. Men have the chance to confidently discuss men’s health with people around them, resulting in men taking action early, helping change and save lives." Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programs
Mental health and suicide prevention
“The number of men taking their own lives around the world is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Movember is working to ensure all men and boys look after their mental health and are comfortable to seek help when they’re struggling.”
Brendan Maher, Global Director, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Testicular Cancer
“Despite being the 2nd most common cancer in young men, testicular cancer is often a forgotten cancer due to early detection and treatment. Our projects look at underinvested areas such as improving access to healthcare services and treatment options for relapse” Paul Villanti, Executive Director, Programs.

Go to where men are - Young Men

Movember Funding to Date

AUD 441,181

What we seek to achieve

Our program vision is to create a world where young men are mentally healthy and well, and take action early supported by their friends, family and community. We will achieve this by scaling evidenced informed, gender focused, mental health interventions & programs to increase our impact in improving the mental health and well being of young men by providing them with the facts and access to the tools, enabling them to take action to be, and stay, mentally well.

Implemented by
Movember Foundation
Project start date
Aug 2018
Project Status
In Progress

About the project

The Movember Foundation has invested in a number of projects across key settings for young men including education, online/digital and sport. As we look at scaling our projects globally we have looked in detail across our portfolio to understand where we’re best place to reach young men. After a detailed analysis focusing on desirability, viability and feasibility we focused in on our scalable project(s) within organised sport. The aspiration for the Movember Foundation is to become a clear leader in working with young men within the sport setting. Through this module we believe we can not only improve the overall mental health and well being of young men involved but also develop the community around them to be more supportive and knowledgeable of mental health and well being issues.

In this module we are scaling a young men’s mental health sports program called 'HeadFirst'  developed by Rugby New Zealand. This will see us including our program knowledge developed by the Movember Foundation in ‘Ahead of the Game’ (AoTG) with the New Zealand Rugby Program. Unlike the other markets included in this module New Zealand is a different approach and is a true collaboration rather than a pure scaling approach.

AoTG was developed in Australia (with Movember Foundation funding) and has shown significant results in improving the mental well being of young men across a number of indicators including psychological distress, wellbeing and resilience. We believe Ahead of the Game is a highly scalable program and is easily distributed through a sporting code or sporting partner making it perfect for our Go To Where Men Are (GTWMA) approach. As an organisation we’re perfectly placed to distribute the program due to our strong affiliation with sporting codes globally, providing a great opportunity to both scale an evidence-based program and secure external funding in market. Moreover, the appetite for the product has already been confirmed with our joint partnership with New Zealand Rugby to deliver a young man in sports intervention, building upon the AoTG model.

To get AoTG to scale initially across Canada, the UK and Australia we will be utilizing our in-market expertise (fundraising and major giving teams) to identify sporting codes, external corporate funding and/or sponsorship. This activity will be supported by a small investment of core campaign funding per market to facilitate setup and oversight in each market. We will aim to have the whole project self-sustaining by 2021 in all the markets we enter as part of this business plan.

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