First date questions tend to be pretty standard – ‘Where did you grow up?’, ‘Do you have any siblings?’ – so it’s always good to have something a bit different up your sleeve. One great topic of conversation can be your favourite charities. It’s a subject people can be very passionate about, and the charity your date supports can tell you a lot about them.
To give you a head start, we asked our friends at GlobalGiving – the charity website that matches you to your ideal project – to give us their unique insight into how charity and love go hand-in-hand:
Charity choice and personality
One thing we’ve learned at GlobalGiving is that someone’s choice of charity can tell you a great deal about their personality. Pose that question on a date and you’re guaranteed to learn something interesting. Here are just a few personality types we’ve matched up with GlobalGiving projects to give you an idea.
Someone quirky and adventurous might support the use of rats to sniff out tuberculosis in patients in Mozambique:
A particularly caring person might want to help abandoned babies in the Ukraine:
And someone who has fallen madly in love might want to help others less fortunate, through supporting unwed mothers in India who have been tricked into false love affairs:
> Support 25 Unwedded Mothers In India
We’ve even launched a personality test that asks you a few questions to predict your ideal charity project. Give the Donation Wizard a try.
Charity and your love life
Getting involved in charity can also be a great way of meeting new people of similar interests and values to yourself. At GlobalGiving, you can find out about other donors who have given to the same project as you. And if you want to get a bit more involved you can do a little bit of online volunteering through GlobalGiving.
And just like in dating, GlobalGivers can try a number of projects out before committing to a longer term relationship with a charity. They might start out with one-off donations, for example, and then start giving regularly each month, or supporting the organisation more broadly in terms of their time.
Finally, if you are one of the many fortunate people who have met their ideal match through eHarmony.co.uk, do consider giving your loved one a gift with a difference on a birthday or anniversary. You can make a donation in your partner’s honour, or send a gift voucher which your loved one can redeem against a charity project of your choice. Or if you buy flowers through Arena Flowers, part of the proceeds will go to a GlobalGiving project
Charity and dating really do go hand-in-hand. We wish you the best of luck in finding your soul mate and your inner philanthropist – and enjoying the personal discovery along the way!