|June 13th, 2013
I see lots of people shocked by the amount of waste at these charities, but waste isn't the issue. What matters is how much the charity will be able to do with your donation. If most charities were good except for a few fraudulent, wasteful, or poorly run ones then it would make sense to put your research into avoiding the worst, but in truth most charities are bad.
Most charities are not actively bad, like the ones in the linked Times article, but bad in that they do the wrong things. The effectiveness of various ways you could try and make the world better has a very uneven distribution. If you want your donation to go far you need to be picking the best charities, not avoiding the worst.