Public service is a way of life for Americans; giving is a part of our national character. But compassionate instincts and generous spirits aren’t enough, says veteran urban activist Robert D. Lupton. In this groundbreaking guide, he reveals the disturbing truth about charity: all too much of it has become toxic, devastating to the very people it’s meant to help.
In his four decades of urban ministry, Lupton has experienced firsthand how our good intentions can have unintended, dire consequences. Our free food and clothing distribution encourages ever-growing handout lines, diminishing the dignity of the poor while increasing their dependency. We converge on inner-city neighborhoods to plant flowers and pick up trash, battering the pride of residents who have the capacity (and responsibility) to beautify their own environment. We fly off on mission trips to poverty-stricken villages, hearts full of pity and suitcases bulging with giveaways—trips that one Nicaraguan leader describes as effective only in “turning my people into beggars.”
In Toxic Charity, Lupton urges individuals, churches, and organizations to step away from these spontaneous, often destructive acts of compassion toward thoughtful paths to community development. He delivers proven strategies for moving from toxic charity to transformative charity.
Proposing a powerful “Oath for Compassionate Service” and spotlighting real-life examples of people serving not just with their hearts but with proven strategies and tested tactics, Lupton offers all the tools and inspiration we need to develop healthy, community-driven programs that produce deep, measurable, and lasting change. Everyone who volunteers or donates to charity needs to wrestle with this book.
TERRIFIC book that makes you think about what really helps others in short-term missions.
If you want to be a good steward of your resources, and give to those in need, this book will help you consider the best practices in charitable organizations.
Author Lupton asserts in his book that most of us have "good intentions" by our giving as generously as we do as Americans.
this book gave me insights into charity that I had not thought of. It had many examples of how charity affects both parties involved, and listed solutions to the complications that... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Lady enjoy
This is a very interesting book with an entirely different though valid point of view. The author tells numerous stories illustrating how indiscriminate charity often hurts more... Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Margie Miller
I have recommended this book to many who are trying to help others. The ideas he offers are quite interesting... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Janette G. Amos
I have read Lupton's other books with admiration and this one doesn't disappoint. He has great credibility because of his life's work so his concepts and philosophies ring true. Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. J. Shields
The author doesn't mention the Gospel or Christianity. He makes a case for social justice, but there is no theology.Published 12 days ago by Jennifer M
Helpful information from someone who has immersed themselves in the process of helping those in need of food and clothing in an urban setting. Read morePublished 14 days ago by SunriseTom
True warning, but advice not practical unless you want to go live in a ghetto.Published 15 days ago by Shari Adam
Toxic Charity challenges most of the assumptions with which most of us in ministry serve the poor. As a pastor for the past 40 years, this book "rocked my world! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ralph Rowley