One of the guiding principles of the North American Competitive Beard and Moustache Alliance is to donate profits from competitions to charities.
The recipient charities for this competition are two excellent service organizations - one national and one local to the host clubs.
We encourage you to visit their sites to learn more about their missions and the great work they do. Links for donations are also provided below.
Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.
These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is never a lodging fee. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $320 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.
Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance
Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance (RMCA), is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for the basic living needs of cancer patients receiving treatment in Colorado. Assistance from RMCA is for rent or mortgage, food, utilities, transportation, and health insurance premiums or COBRA payments, and other non-medical expenses. RMCA's goal is to continue to provide assistance to every eligible applicant that demonstrates a dire financial situation. Support from RMCA helps cancer patients avoid delaying or ending treatment due to financial stress.
RMCA, formerly known as Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation, was started in 1999 by a group of doctors, patients, friends, and associates of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. These volunteers recognized that with treatment many patients' household budget was stretched to the limits due to treatment and treatment-related costs. A patient's normal budget is overturned at the same time their income may be reduced because they are unable to work due to the illness. Their stress level greatly increases at the very time they need to be focusing on their health. Our objective is to reduce this stress whenever possible and help ensure that patients can continue their treatment.