Everyone will have a rainy day. After I left the JWs and went to a new church, I've grown to be more charitable. I do not give 10% to any church, but pick my own % & my own causes. Ya know what? It has made me care less about money. I just wish I had more time to volunteer.
My favorite charities are Doctors without Borders, the Salvation Army, the Christian Children's Network, and the Humane Society. Through CCN, I've helped a girl in Bolivia, and we write & e-mail each other, and I send her school supplies, etc for over five years. Very worthwhile to either give direclty to a child, or to give to the funds to help countries.
I have given to the Red Cross, but worry about the Church of Scientology's involvement in the group. It is my understanding that the Red Cross allowed these members into their shelters after Katrina. If you think the WTS is a controlling cult....
In short, I've never given a dollar where I have not gotten back much, much, more.