Fewer mustaches, but still a lot of donations
November is over, and so are the scraggly beards and ‘staches that grew as a result of the Movember campaign for men’s health. This year, the campaign had more than 715,000 global participants and raised more than $69 million for research so far.
That’s still less than last year’s tally of $116 million, but funds will keep coming in until early 2015. 2013 also saw a good 200,000 more mustache-growers: a total of 969,188 worldwide.
“We’re realistic and, like any organization, are aware that there will be some years that are stronger than others in terms of participation,” said a Movember spokesperson in an email to TIME. “However, our community has funded more than 800 programs that are making a tangible difference for men’s health.”
Movember also announced that they funded a prostate cancer research breakthrough earlier this year, which allows men to undergo a genetic test that can predict their risk of recurrence. The organization also launched True NTH, a $36 million investment to improve the quality of life of men with prostate cancer.
Funds from this year’s campaign are still incoming, but to date, Movember has raised more than $600 million in its 11 years of existence, thanks to the nearly five million men and women who participated. You can keep an eye on the Movember tally here.