David, I offer a way for you to check up on where the money is going when you donate. Guidestar.org is a free web site, and you can pull the tax returns for non profits. I use it when our Kiwanis Club reviews request for the $80,000 we award each year. You can quickly see who is truly meeting the needs of its clients VS paying very large salaries and overhead. I like your idea of keeping it local, because you can see where your hard earned money is going!