Movember en-us Thu, 18 Jan 2018 23:09:39 -0700 What is Movember? Phi Kappa Psi believes in the importance of our members' health. We believe in the power of conversation and education on important men's health issues. We are committed to making sure our members feel empowered and supported to seek help to be the healthiest version of themselves.

Here are the facts:

  1. Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for men ages 15 - 34. When caught early, testicular cancer is a highly treatable disease.
  2. 1 in 4 men will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
  3. Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men.

Early detection is an important factor in treating this issue. Understanding when something isn't right with you is important. As a brotherhood, we want all of our members to know they are not alone, and we encourage you to take care of YOU.

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men's health, raising over $700 million dollars since 2003. Phi Kappa Psi is proud to join  the Movember campaign for the third year in a row. Throughout the month of November, we encourage you to grow and groom your moustache to raise awareness and funds for men's health.

The Movember Foundation's long-term goals are bold, but attainable with our collective effort:

  1. By 2030, reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.
  2. Cut the total number of men dying from prostate and testicular cancer in half.
  3. 50% less men suffering serious side effects as a result of treatment.
  4. 25% less men dying from suicide.

Movember Logo.pngIn 2015, we were able to rally around 200 Phi Psis to begin meaningful conversations on their campus or their communities by growing a moustache, allowing us to raise just over $9,000 in a single month. In 2016, we surpassed our goal of $15,000 with ease.  This year, we are confident we can raise an unprecedented amount of awareness and surpass our fundraising goal of $20,000.

With the right amount of effort, devotion and commitment, Phi Kappa Psi can be a leader in helping our members and men around the world address issues like testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and mental health. With more than 80,000 living members, we have a special opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the fight for men's health.

Rules of Movember

There are seven basic rules to participate fully in the Movember campaign.

Rule One
Once registered at the Movember website, each brother must begin the 1st of November with a clean shaven face.

Rule Two
For the entire month of November, each brother must grow and groom a moustache.

Rule Three
No beards and no goatees. If you choose not to participate with a moustache, you can move during the month as well.

Rules Four
Use the power of the moustache to create conversation and raise funds for men's health.

Rule Five
Each brother must conduct himself like a true gentleman who follows the Creed.

Rule Six
Create your WHY, tell your story and post your photos on social media using #PhiPsiMovember.

Rule Seven
Most importantly, have fun raising awareness for a great cause!

Additional Resources for Movember

Mo Style Guide.pdf
Movember Photos & Graphics
2016 Campus Moustachery Presentation.pdf
Movember Webinar

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Getting Started How to Discuss Your Movember Campaign

How you introduce your Movember campaign makes a significant difference in creating desirable results. Movember isn't just a chance to raise money for a cause—it's a chance for you to share your passion for these causes (testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health and physical activity) with others in an effort for a better future for men.

We encourage you to start by reflecting on your own experiences and choosing how you want to communicate to others. The important part is to make it unique to you. A genuine approach in your interactions with others will make a big difference for engaging your target audiences.

How It Works

Start by listening to the Doug Prusoff webinar, which walks you through some of the basics of #PhiPsiMovember. 

Getting started with your Movember campaign requires a few simple steps:

  1. Create a Personal Page 
  2. Head to to create a personal profile. We encourage you to add a personal message in the description to bring your cause to life and utilize a customized URL to make your profile easily accessible/professional.

  3. Create a Team Page 
  4. As you create an individual profile, Movember will prompt you to either 'Join' or 'Create' an existing team. If your chapter, alumni association, alumni club or other affiliation chooses to create a team page to centralize donations (highly recommended), create one at this screen. The creator of the page will serve as the team captain.

    Team names should follow this structure:
    Indiana Alpha - DePauw University or Houston Alumni Association

    If you don't plan to join any particular team page, simply join the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity team
    Create a customized link for your team page (i.e.

  5. Join the Phi Kappa Psi Network
  6. Click on the 'Networks' tab just below your profile picture. In the search bar, type in 'Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity' and click 'Join This Network.' This will give you access to the overall network of Phi Psis and friends participating in this challenge. We will regularly monitor progress for each individual and group to assess who is at the top of our community leaderboard. To help us achieve our $15,000 goal, your team profile MUST be a part of our network. If you are a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity team, your totals will automatically be counted towards the overall network.

  7. Share Your #PhiPsiMovember Story Day 30 PicStitch.jpg
  8. Post pictures of your moustache to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or another social media platform of your choice with the hashtag #PhiPsiMovember. Use this as an opportunity to share your story as to why you're involved with Movember—you might even become internet famous as we highlight participation throughout the month.

Additional Resources for Movember

Mo Style Guide.pdf
Movember Photos & Graphics
2016 Campus Moustachery Presentation.pdf
Movember Videos

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Take Action Tips for Fundraising

The thought of running a personal fundraising campaign can be daunting, but here are a few tips to help you raise money with your moustache.

Donate to Yourself
This may sound obvious, but it is a key first step to your campaign. By starting things off with a personal donation, you are showing the people you're asking to donate that the skin on your upper lip isn't the only skin you have in the game. A good trick is to ask people to match your initial donation.

Share Your Fundraising URL
Your customized URL is a great way to brand your efforts. Put it in your email signature, share it via your social media networks, or create a customized business card to hand out. Regardless of how you do it, you have the ability to make a big difference if you market the URL well.

Make the Ask
Many brothers haven't had fundraising experience before, so it's important to stress sending at least one email out to friends and family asking for donations. There are templates available on your MoSpace you can easily utilize. Take some time to make it personal though; a personal appeal goes a lot further than a bulk email. Lastly, public recognize those who join your cause. Regularly post thanks via social media tagging individuals who give to show their commitment.

Set a Fundraising Target
Goal-setting gives you and your team something to strive for, but also gives donors an incentive to give because everyone loves to make dreams come true. Take some time to send out weekly update emails which document your moustache growth and fundraising efforts.

Harness Competition
Create a friendly competition within your own team or with another team. This is a great chance to compete against Phi Psis from across the country. While one team can subjectively say their moustaches were better than yours, you can objectively point to the fundraising scoreboard to set the record straight.

The Power of Thank You
We can't say it enough: a little gratitude goes a long way. Take the time to write a thank you card for any donation you received...maybe throw in a picture of your upper lip for fun.

Final Call-Out
As the end of Movember approaches, make one last effort to collect donations. When that's done, celebrate your achievement.

How to Engage Your Campus

Participating in the Movember campaign is a perfect way to start meaningful conversations about men's health on your campus. As you're aware, there are plenty of men and women on your campus who aren't Phi Psis and have been affected by men's health issues either directly or indirectly. With the right approach, you have the ability to spark dialogue amongst your peers, faculty and staff to ensure a positive movement occurs.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to make an impact on campus:

Spreading the Word
The biggest issue on college campuses is confusion about what Movember is and how Phi Kappa Psi plays a role. Take time to talk with your group or key leaders of other student groups to explain #PhiPsiMovember. Connect with your administrators, utilize social media and contact media outlets to maximize awareness.

Other possible strategies:

  • Discuss the cause at a Council meeting
  • Share the campaign with another student organization
  • Table to share information with students
  • Partner with a campus department

Just a Little 'Push'
Signing up for isn't a tall task, but like many things for college students, it can be a pain to turn interest into action. Host a registration or donation drive on your campus in a crowded or popular area to market #PhiPsiMovember and encourage others to participate as well. Providing incentives for signing up also makes a big difference.

Team up with Another Organization
Who says Movember needs to be a solo effort? You could team up with another Greek organization, athletics team, and/or any student organization to tackle Movember together. Alone we are powerful—with the help of another group, we can be unstoppable.

Host a Campus-Wide Event
Chapters like Texas Alpha and Pennsylvania Rho have demonstrated you can work with your campus and/or Greek community to host a successful #PhiPsiMovember event. This is a perfect chance for your Interfraternity Council to come together around a topic which affects all fraternity men. Examples of events include:

  • Shave the Date on November 1st
    • Men from all over campus can join together and shave on November 1st to prepare for a month of awareness and fundraising. You could contact local barbers and have them donate professional shaves or simple donate disposable razors, shaving cream and buckets of hot water to create a public event.
  • Shave the Date on November 30th
    • Once Movember comes to a conclusion, host a similar public event to drive the last round of fundraising and harness the power of publicity to signal the end of the month.
  • Host a Speaker
    • Bring in a speaker to educate the college community on why these topics of men's health are so important to discuss.
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For Friends of Phi Psi A Non-Member's Guide to Movember

You don't need a moustache to care about men's health; fundraising and raising awareness for the men in your life is a great way to contribute to Movember. Start by creating your profile on

Here are three easy ways you can be a part of the conversation:

Option #1 - Move for Movember
Take the Move challenge and get physically active during Movember. 

What is the Move challenge? It's whatever you make it. Run a race. Learn to rock climb. Try something new, beat your own personal best, and raise funds for men's health.

Men are facing a health crisis which isn't being discussed. They are dying too young, before their time, because of a lack of physical activity. We're taking action and we need your help. This Movember, move for men's health.

For inspiration, here are others who have Moved for Movember.

Option #2 - Get Creative with a Moustache
Just because you don't have a moustache doesn't mean you can't join in the fun. Pick-up a cheap fake moustache and take a photo with it using #PhiPsiMovember, and post it to social media. This is a perfect opportunity to tell your story and why you support these causes. 

This act of solidarity will make a big difference to the men in your life—especially Phi Psis.

Option #3 - Host an Event
As a way to raise money for #PhiPsiMovember, you can plan a fun event with others who care about the cause. Whether it's a golf tournament, a dinner party or a high-energy dance battle, you can make the right noise and help raise awareness while bringing people together.

Here's a helpful guide for how to setup your event and a number of examples of others who have hosted successful events.

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