Finding the right charity to support can be a difficult and time consuming process. Often people decide which charities to support based on how much money goes to the people the charity helps versus how much is spent on overhead. At TED2013, Dan Pollata explains why this is a flawed approach. In order for charities to have a large impact on massive social problems, these charities need to scale and take on overhead to combat these problems. If we only support charities with low overhead then the organizations with the resources to have the most impact worldwide will fail.
When looking for charities to support we need to do more research then we’re typically prepared to do. In the long run, the benefits of this research will result in your donations having the maximum level of impact.
Kate Torgovnick on the TED Blog has a great follow up post regarding Dan’s talk that you should read. In it are recommendation on finding the right charity for you and what questions to ask. I recommend watching the video and check out Kate’s followup post.