Before giving your hard earned money to charity, look it up at this site. LINK I just chose the alphabetic page at random for a starting point. You can look up your favorite charity alphabetically or type in the name to see interesting facts and figures, such as officers, amount going to the cause, amount going to fund raising, etc. It also has many school and church fundraising efforts.
You can also use GreatNonprofit LINK to look up personal
reviews of various charities.
I looked up St. Mark's School in Dallas and noticed its headmaster's
salary was surprisingly high. Also checked SPCA and was stunned at
the bad news about the non-profit organization. These sites are
great for your personal caveat emptor.