Unfortunately, the deduction has influenced my decision. Reflecting back on the times I've given, it seems that I've given my larger donations to non-profits. I'm not sure if that was done with a tax deduction motive or if I just didn't trust an individual with a large sum of money. This is something I will certainly think about in the future. Thanks Ben.
That's one of the reasons I made the post Brian. It still has me thinking. It doesn't mean that it's bad, but the deduction makes it too convenient to take time and think about other incentives or motives that could have more influence on the recipients.