We give to a few Church organizations, the Salvation Army, the shelter where we got our dog, & some environmental ones.
I really like groups that spend their (our) money for the stated purpose. The Nature Conservancy is one of my favorite conservation groups. They use the money to buy land to save areas or creatures; they don't spend their money suing us (US Government).
char·i·ty (n): 1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving. 2. Something given to help the needy; alms. 3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy. 4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity. 5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others. 6. often Charity Christianity The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.