Last month, I wrote that I was going to start keeping a list of charities -- once a month, I'd add a new one, and a $5 debt to them. My goal is to prep myself for donating a percentage of my income consistently to charity, once I have income. The charity I chose last month was Planned Parenthood.
This month, I'm adding a $5 debt to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The area they work in, keeping the net free and protecting human rights in digital environments, is some of the most important work being done in the industrialized world.
I do realize that both of my charity choices so far have been directed towards charities that operate largely in the US, and pretty much entirely in the industrialized world. This is because I don't feel comfortable donating to charities helping the impoverished worldwide before I learn more about the areas my money will be going to, and what kinds of charity actually helps people in a lasting, sustainable way.
I've heard good things about Water.org via the Vlogbrothers and Wheezy Waiter, so they might be getting some of my money in the future. And the worst I've heard about Kiva.org is that they're only pretty good, not really, really good. I took them up on an offer of $25 dollars of free lending, but (since I don't have it) haven't put any of my own money into it.