Mark Courtney, Founder of Affinity Interactive Group and 121Giving was honored last night at the GivingCity Givers Ball along with 29 other philanthropists who are featured in their cover story this month. To the left is a snapshot from the printed publication which links to the online edition of GivingCity magazine, we’ll share the online edition when it’s released soon. The New Philanthropist award honors individuals for their commitment to encouraging giving in Austin in the coming years, and the personal sacrifice they are making to do so. It’s a prestigious group, including Leo Ramirez of MiniDonations, Drew Arnold of Kiimby, Brock Sampson of It’s Bigger Than You and Glen Mayes of Young Professionals Council, Komen Austin for the Cure. If you know Mark, I don’t have to tell you how passionate he is about giving back – it comes through in everything he does. Without embarrassing him too much, let me just say that this recognition couldn’t go to a more deserving guy.
Mark is the visionary behind 121Giving.com, which launches this fall. 121Giving is a completely different take on personal philanthropy. It’s based on the belief that if people could see past the causes, to the individual stories of need around them, they would give more. 121Giving will provide the awareness that is lacking online today, and a simple way to give and see the impact of your dollars. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head over to the 121Giving Facebook Page for more details!