What are the rules?
We're not huge on rules here; what matters is that you're saving lives by raising awareness about the disease and changing lives with the funds you raise for patients who need it!
All are welcome: beards, 'staches, goatees, chops, stubble, even going clean for the month. Guys start ahead of time, others wait for November, and some keep it going year-round. Some shave clean on the first, others keep what they've got. Many workplaces skip facial hair altogether and make it a "Donate for casual Friday" thing.
Where does the money go?
So glad you asked! ZERO spends more than 85 cents of every dollar raised on patient support programs, research for better diagnostics, and awareness outreach — no other prostate cancer org puts more of your funds directly into programs. We've got the best possible rating from Charity Navigator, the go-to guys for tracking how responsible non-profits are with your money.
We're 100% U.S.-based, working across the country to attack this disease on all fronts: from direct assistance and patient navigation for the men who already have the disease, to spreading the word about free testing and how early detection can save your life, to getting in front of decision-makers to protect and expand research funding, and more.
Bottom line: tens of thousands of men are alive today because of medical advances that have lowered mortality rates, one-on-one help to make sure they don't lose access to their medicines, and early detection that kept aggressive disease from going off the rails. Your fundraising, generosity, and hard work spreading awareness is the reason why. Let's save more lives!
Got anything to help me spread the word?
Whether you're spreading the word to co-workers, or raising awareness and funds in your community, download and print these tools to help take your efforts to the next level.
Where do I start?
It's simple enough: sign up, grow out, spread the word, and raise cash for the cause. Registering sets you up with your own webpage and fundraising HQ, where you can send emails, edit your page, enter and track donations, collect donations on Facebook, and more.
Looking for some specific ideas? How about getting a break from your company's dress code? Or grab a rival and talk some smack as you take over the leaderboard. Do a bar crawl, and have your favorite watering hole to donate part of the night's proceeds to the cause. Make a team, using these links to help explain what's up while you recruit:
Any pointers on social media?
One of the easiest ways to get donations is to join up, then visit your fundraising page and click that "Create a facebook fundraiser" button. Anything you collect will show on both the Grow & Give site and within social media.
Be sure to talk about your scruff, often. Don't be shy; it usually takes several mentions before your posts or tweets will show up on the feed for everyone in your network.
Be visual. Snap a selfie at least once or twice a week to show your progress. Throw down with a quick video to spread the word and call folks to action.
Tag your friends in your posts. Create friendly competition by challenging them to donate, or better yet, participate. Use #growandgive and #endprostatecancer to clue folks in on the message.
Challenge your friends, co-workers, and loved ones to join the fun. The people growing means more patients get help and more men hear that getting tested can save their lives.
Protip: get the fundraising guide
Plenty more tips where that came from. These downloadable guides are chock full of teambuilding tips, social media messages, ways to explain the cause to your boss, and more:
Just a Dude
Check out this action! You don't have to be a master negotiator to raise a little scratch for a good cause. Download our fundraising guide for social media tips, mini-event ideas, a checklist of folks worth reaching out to, and more. Individual Guide
Have clean shave rule? Many do, but here's a thought: you're all about saving lives, we're all about saving lives...what's a little fuzz in the face of all that public good? Whether you're rocking the beard like a mountain man, or trimming out an SCBA-compliant 'stache, we've got the APB on how facial hair can help fight prostate cancer. First Responder Guide
Pitching your boss? This guide helps reinforce to the head honcho that fundraising goes to a great cause. Just as important from a management standpoint, it's easy, distraction-free, and great for teambuilding and keeping employees engaged as the holidays approach. Corporate Guide
I'm old school... How do I make an offline donation?
We can dig it! You can mail your donation to our national headquarters.
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer
Attn: Grow & Give
515 King Street, Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22314
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 202-463-9455.
My beard is a patchy, scraggly mess. I look like I'm in junior high.
Not really a question, dude. Bottom line: if your beard is turning heads, use that attention to raise some dough! When people notice that middle schooler mustache, tell them that prostate cancer doesn't care if you look like Hugh Jackman. One in nine guys gets the disease, you're doing something to stop it, and they can help by giving a buck or two to fuel research, patient support, early detection, education, and awareness.
Better yet, throw down the gauntlet! Tell them it's time to beard up and do some good, and send them to the website to see whose 'stache can bring in the most cash.