More Austin in Print – Mens Health

I don’t read much “in print” these days, so was pleased to find in my latest issue of Mens Health magazine December issue, Best Life column, that Austin is rated #5 Most Charitable cities in the Donation Nation article. Now that IS something to be proud of.

Austin gets an A- and comes behind Cincinnati, OH, Seattle, WA, Richmond, VA and winner Madison Wisconsin but well ahead of more affluent and large target markets for giving such as upmarket retirement cities. The article says “While anyone can lavish gifts on friends and family, it takes people with “ho ho ho” in their hearts to be generous with strangers.”

The online version of the article says “Austin’s Capital Area Food Bank may have helped the city earn a spot in our top five, but by providing more than 20 tons of food to 21 Central Texas counties, the organization’s help reaches far beyond the capital city.”

There has been a major shift in chairtible giving in 2009. The 2005 rankings list the winner as 1. Atlanta, GA, 2. Washington, DC, 3. Wilmington, DE, 4. San Francisco, CA, 5. St. Paul, MN and in which Austin was 51st.

The magazine says “see more rankings at menshealth.com/metrogrades” but sadly it’s running 2-months behind the print edition and as of this morning was featuring the October 09 Accident Prone Cities, where Austin comes 30th.

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