What resources do you use, if any, to check out charities before giving money to them?

When you give money to a charity, do you check out how well they use your money to actually serve the charitable purpose that they state is the reason they exist? If so, what resource(s) do you use? For example, I've used the following resources with varying success to find and rate a charity within the... show more When you give money to a charity, do you check out how well they use your money to actually serve the charitable purpose that they state is the reason they exist? If so, what resource(s) do you use?

For example, I've used the following resources with varying success to find and rate a charity within the United States:

http://www.charitynavigator.org (I like this one)
http://www.guidestar.org/ (Requires free registration)
http://www.give.org (a Better Business Bureau site)

In the United States, charities that have over $25,000 of revenue are required to submit a Form 990 about how they have used money, etc. The GuideStar site seems to have these (and you can get the form without paying anything).
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