The Motley Fool provides an informative list of excellent charities for the 2015 holiday season, and recommends Fistula Foundation as a great example to contribute to.
In a nutshell, you want to find charities that spend most of the money they collect directly on the cause they support — not on inflated salaries or overhead expenses. The website CharityWatch.org grades individual charities on an A-plus to F scale, and provides financial statistics on each one.
For example, the Motley Fool’s 2015 partner charity, The Fistula Foundation, happens to have a grade of A. According to Charity Watch, 84% of the money they take in goes directly to fistula repair, and the charity operates rather efficiently, costing just $10 in fundraising expenses for every $100 raised.