When I contribute to any misfortune person(s), I will put the money in their hand. How many buckets have been filled to find these people living under poverty levels and sometimes homeless. It is not money that has gone to education and training or anything else. It definitely has not been spent on research which is wholly funded by the government and private educational facilities.
They may use a picture of a child with Autism but there are people of all ages with Autism. Money does not go to these children, their parents, or their schools!
And so goes for all of the charity fund raisers. You know a person in need, just give them some help. Their smile will be greater than any plaque that you could ever hang on your wall.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." --- Thomas Edison