Good Morning Gentle Readers,
If you're doing any last minute charitable donations, send the money to me.
All seriousness aside, if you need a reference you may want to check with Charity Navigator. You'll find a compilation of financial information about your favorite charity or a prospective charity, including non-profits and educational foundations.
The stats are culled from annual tax information returns filed with IRS which are then analyzed and compared in an easy-reference format. Since the data is out of context, in some cases I'm not entirely sure that the analysis shows a full picture of the organization's activity.
However, it's useful to know how much the Cheese at your favorite charity is getting paid and how much the organization blows on telemarketing to raise funds. It's also helpful to know if your throwing money down a rat hole, like when you pay your income taxes.
This service shouldn't be taken as a be-all, end-all proposition. Rather, the statistics and analysis provide a helpful tool that will supplement your specialized knowledge and interests and help get you moving toward a sensible decision.
tip of the glass to the Kosmik Kid