The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) has decided to refuse donations from rival Movember charity organisation, Fauxvember.
Fauxvember founder Adrian Hempel said he had received no direct communication from PCFA before the decision was made and first learned of it when a Fauxvember participant noticed that all mention of the PCFA had been removed from the donation website.
“The website is operated by a third-party fundraising provider who accepts the donations as an agent for the charities,” Hempel explained.
“I have written to [PCFA] asking them if they’d be willing to give the reasons for their decision.”
Hempel started the rival campaign after being disappointed by what he believed to be homophobic statements made by beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett.
Money raised from the Movember campaign is split between beyondblue, the PCFA and the Movember Foundation.
PCFA CEO Dr Anthony Lowe told the Star Observer that while the organisation does not agree with Kennett’s remarks about same-sex parenting, PCFA has a three-year agreement with Movember dating back to 2010, which precludes the organisation from being involved in fundraising initiatives involving facial hair.
“I have spoken at length with Jason Hincks, [chief operating officer of Movember] about Faxvember. He has asked us to disassociate ourselves from Fauxvember because it’s a public event and it’s leveraging Movember’s brand awareness,” Lowe said.
“They want exclusivity in facial hair fundraising.”
Lowe said that he’d spoken to third party fundraising provider Go Fundraise about not being informed donations were being made through Fauxvember.
“We only recently became aware they had set themselves up on that platform and I’ve had fairly strong words with the managing director of Go Fundraise,” he said.
“From our perspective it would have been better if Fauxvember had come to us and asked if we’d like to have been a beneficiary, then we could have explained that we appreciated the support but unfortunately cannot be involved.”
Future donations made via the Fauxvember donation website are now expected to be split evenly between the two remaining causes, The Black Dog Institute, and the National LGBTI Health Alliance.
Hempel said he found the decision surprising.
“All I was doing was giving people who have reservations about beyondblue’s leadership an alternative opportunity to support men’s and LGBTI health this November. I don’t understand how the decision is in the interests of people affected by prostate cancer.”
Lowe added that money donated from Movember goes into a range of initiatives including the Shine a Light program which is aimed at supporting and educating gay men affected by prostate cancer.