GiveSmart.org's mission is to build a better world by "strengthening the ability of mission-driven organizations and philanthropists to achieve breakthrough results in addressing society's most important challenges and opportunities"-or more simply put, "philanthropy that gets results". The link above will take you to their "Philanthropy Advice" page, where you'll find helpful resources.
SeriousGivers.org was developed to "help busy donors" navigate through the overwhelming data about charities and giving. They have gathered information about most top charities and display it in a user-friendly format; they also have quick and easy educational videos and tools.
Next, you will need to evaluate potential charities and organizations. Here are links to some organizations that can help:
GuideStar is the "gold standard" for evaluating charities. Subscription required.
Charity Navigator provides evaluations of charities without subscription.
My Philanthropedia is a division of GuideStar but allows you to search for organizations by area of interest without subscription and provides snapshot evaluations.
Social Impact Exchange is a membership association with a national exchange of ideas and strategies for overcoming pressing social problems.
Stanford Social Innovation Review is a trove of articles and educational information in many different formats.
Here is a handy guide of Questions to Ask before investing in a Nonprofit organization:
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