I second Nick Kristof’s recommendation of BRAC—the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee—as an organization worth giving to. With a name that unsexy, they’ve got to be good, right? In Bangladesh, BRAC is pretty much the government; it provides the support and investment that a good government is supposed to provide, while the “real” government squabbles with itself. Now BRAC is branching out to other countries as well. It’s an amazing organization—and, for good or for ill, I think it’s a peek into the future.