Giving help on institutions and even someone in need is a commendable thing to do for someone to share blessing and a means of paying forward. However there are no scarcity of people around who needs help, there are also no shortage of people who are apt to creating schemes to fool. Are there institutions you are eyeing to be a beneficiary for the help that you will give? It is not vain to look for some proof and basis that they are indeed a right institution and right people to give help to.
In certain considerations, it is the best if you are directly involved in some voluntary work with these institutions. In this, you can see for yourself where the donations they receive are going. However, in some case, if you cannot in some way volunteer physically, you may well consider having a research on the institution or the person. If the institution is already a well known and established organization, it will be easier for one to trust on the verge of credibility and records of projects they already executed.
Having time to discover by doing a background search is recommended for individuals who ask for your help but is not known to you or if an institution is new and not familiar. If you have no basis to look upon, you can survey people or use search tools online. People search online is a great tool for getting information regarding a person or an institution. They give ample of information that is not recorded in some known public records and databases. Above all, prior to helping, you should pray and use your heart to know the right people who need help greatly. If your intention is to bless, you will see them by the heart.