Church - which has found three local charities that are front line - no, or very little staff. Last year, we housed a homeless teenage mom. Not sure if she figured anything out, but helping her was visceral and real. Giving to things close to home is what I like to do.
Amazone smile goes to the local VFD
Semper Fi Fund
Toys for Tots
St Baldricks Foundation (for friends daughter)
National Ovarian Cancer foundation (for sister in law)
and a couple of others I can't recall off the top of my head.
I generally recommend people find a small, local organization that does good work they can see for themselves. However, that being said, my Smile.Amazon passive giving goes to USA Shooting and I give directly to Mennonite Disaster Service.
Side Note - This thread, more than almost any other, is most assuredly not for throwing around insults, name-calling, or calling out charities you don't like. Right after I post this, I'm going to go through and clean it up.
ETA: Clean-up done. If you're butthurt because your insightful post was deleted, please feel free to keep it to yourself.
ETA2: I encourage folks to go back to their posts and edit them to include links to the charities you name. That would make it easier for people to read about the good causes you've so generously referenced. If anybody needs any help with that, just PM me.
After sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.” That is the mission of Samaritan's Purse—to follow the example of Christ by helping those in need and proclaiming the hope of the Gospel.