I wrote quite a bit in the other posts about things I think you should consider when giving. I like to finish up with a suggestions of what I think is a good way to go about deciding which charities to support. 1. Definitely support whatever church you attend, but I think you should also support at least one ministry and charity directly, rather than relying on your local church alone to do so. 2. Consider giving internationally. Not only will your money go much further, there are far worse conditions worthy of charity than in the US and a much riper field for ministry. 3. Make sure your giving to a charities that you have looked into and believe are worthy, not the ones who solicit you for donations. 4. Figure out the type(s) of charity you wish to support: holistic, well drilling, vaccinations, education, micro-finance? 5. Go to Charity Navigator and browse by category to see all the charities working in that field. You can use the star ratings, program expenses and executive pay to limit it down to 2-5 finalists. 6. If it's a ministry, go to Ministry Watch and see their review. They provide additional details on the organizations beliefs highlight what the organization is doing right and wrong. 7. If the charity is not reviewed by either of these organizations, look for their Form 990 financial statements. If the organization doesn't publish them, this should be a red flag. 8. Once you have your finalists, dig through their websites to try to find exactly what they accomplish with the donations, verify their beliefs line up and look into their leadership. 9. Do Google searches to see what others are saying about these organizations. As always you have to take these opinions with a grain of salt, but it may make you aware of things you haven't considered before. 10. Choose just one charity from each category you wish to support to minimize payment processing fees, communication expenses and other overhead needed for each donor. 11. Give cheerfully, with confidence that your gifts are being effectively used for God's glory.