These posts have made me realize that the idea of charity is complex. Obviously need is a primary consideration; but it can’t be the only one, since if it were, all giving would or should be directed at just the few areas of the world that are worst-off. Helping one’s local community is also important; but again, that can’t be the whole story, or much (probably most) charitable giving (including foreign aid) would be inappropriate.
For that matter, what counts as a community is subject to interpretation. In some sense I consider nature “my community” as much as human ones. This introduces the question of supporting wildlife charities during a human catastrophe. Also, if “community” is a group or society to which one belongs, for sure there can be non-local communities.
So, I guess I’m going with a combination of need plus community, using both local and non-local notions of community.
I do apologize to those who have been hurt by this topic, in that they are unable right now to contribute money to help others. This situation is truly horrific and (for current generations at least), probably unprecedented. At least one can hope that some more humane society comes out of it.