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.
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, Programmes
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, Programmes.

Social Innovators Challenge

Movember Funding to Date

Global Funding AUD 10,492,242

What we seek to achieve

To support the development and trialling of innovative ideas that could lead to creative solutions that increase levels of social connections and feelings of belongingness for men; particularly those who are at greater risk of becoming socially isolated. These include key ‘at risk’ population groups including new fathers, unemployed men, divorced men and men of low socio economic status.

beyondblue, Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride AUD 145,865
Implemented by
Movember Foundation
Project start date
October 2015
Project Status
In Progress

About the project

In late 2015, Movember released a three-phased funding opportunity within Australia, Canada, and the UK, that utilized an innovative approach to identifying and funding creative and non-traditional solutions that were co-designed by men to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes through increased social connectivity. The initiative was a direct response to findings from previously funded Movember research through beyondblue that highlighted an overall dissatisfaction for men, particularly in their middle years, with the quantity and quality of their friendships and elucidated the importance of strong social support networks to mitigate the associated risk factors of isolation and loneliness on depression, anxiety, and suicide.
The goal is to increase our understanding about what will engage men in healthier behaviour patterns, build positive relationships, and increase levels of social connections through the development, piloting and evaluation of innovative initiatives explicitly aimed at restoring and strengthening the social connections of men. 
Having completed Phases 1 and 2, the projects are in Phase 3 – amplifying reach and sustainability. What the initiative has achieved to date:
Five projects received approximately $750,000 AUD each to scale their ideas over a three-year period.

  • As of October 2023, Waves of Wellness in Australia has completed scaling activities.
  • Dad HERO in Canada, The Changing Room in Scotland, Brothers Through Boxing and Men's Pie Club in England are continuing to implement and scale their projects until 2025.  
  • The third-party evaluation team continues to work with project teams to evaluate project outcomes and impact.  
The initiative represents the longest investment in mental health. These “legacy” projects have been engaged in a knowledge sharing community where they share their learnings and successes; results from the evaluations are planned to be published starting in the coming year.

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