Philanthropy in our personal lives

An Associate Consultant in our NY office recently decided to “take the plunge” and get engaged…but he did so in a unique and charitable way.  Read Raffi’s contribution to the Giving What We Can charity blog to learn about how he and his fiancée chose to make a mark with this big life event.  An excerpt from his post is below.

Raffi

Although my friend has not yet found the love of his life, he once sought counsel from a female friend on his idea for a future marriage proposal: “Would you find it romantic if we met at an empty field in a poor African village, I got down on one knee and said, ‘With the money I could have used to buy you a beautiful diamond ring, instead I funded the construction of a new school in this empty field’?”

She responded:  “If you got down on one knee and said, ‘With the money I could have used to fund the construction of a new school in this empty field, instead I bought you this beautiful diamond ring’—now that would be romantic.”

I often joked about my friend’s plan, but somehow the idea always sparked interesting conversations with my fiancée Charlotte.  When we decided to become engaged this year, we decided to forego an expensive diamond.  Instead, I bought a more affordable ring from a vintage store, and donated the difference between that and one month’s salary to GiveDirectly, one of GiveWell’s highest-ranked charities.

Click here to read the full blog post.

 

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