About Us


About Us

Thanks so much for taking the time to learn more about The Christmas Beard Foundation. We hope that our organization empowers you to reach out and change the lives of orphaned children, while having fun at the same time.

The Christmas Beard Foundation runs an annual event that raises funds on behalf of charity organizations which support orphaned children around the world.  The Christmas Beard was started in 2011 by Ryan Bates in Gilbert, Arizona with nothing but a five o'clock shadow. During the first Christmas Beard season, he managed to raise over $1,000 and motivated 50 men to beard themselves.

Now, in its third year, The Christmas Beard Foundation is run by a super team of seven volunteers who all share his desire to help orphans worldwide. We all like to dream big and hope that this little fundraising idea can one day change the lives of orphaned children all over the world...one beard at a time.


This year, the chosen charity is The Global Orphan Project. Among other things, we chose this charity because of their “100% Commitment” to donating all funds straight to the kids that need it most, and not their own overhead costs. In fact, they voluntarily undergo an external audit every year just to make sure they can back up that commitment! Read more about this amazing charity on our Cause page, or at their website, www.goproject.org.

Have more questions?  Contact us.
Email: contact@christmasbeard.org 
Phone: 480-256-8385.

And please, if you’ve taken the time to read all of this, make a donation to benefit some of the most disadvantaged children on earth! Click here to sponsor a beard. Do it for the kids!