Giving to good causes is a great way to help others in need as well as earn a potential tax benefit yourself. Below are a few great resources not only to ensure your contributions are going where you think they are, but also to find new charities to give to.
Here is a short article with links you can use to find and research causes you believe in.
Here are the links from within the article above, for your convenience.
...And don't forget to keep your receipts for tax time!