Last year I gave several tents to a group that helps poor kids go hiking. Never heard back from the group. No thankyou, no stories about how they were used, no "how this generous gift prevented a life of crime", etc.
Not enough bang for the buck for me. I like to see how my donations are used. Maybe that's why I donate so little to political races. It is hard to know if it makes any difference at all.
I'm a bit critical of myself on this score. I'd like to think I'm above all this.....but I'm obviously not.
So I'm back to donating where I can see the effects of my donations.