Look at Kevin DeYoung’s blog on Help for the Poor that really Helps for a quick statement about being discerning with our helping efforts or ministries. The table on “cost effectiveness per donated dollar” is helpful. Also, there are some helpful links which I will duplicate here:
1) the original article: “Cost-Effective Compassion: The 10 Most Popular Strategies for Helping the Poor” by Bruce Wydick;
Remember that the goal of helping others is to actually help them, not just for us to feel good about helping them.