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.
This is a great book for thinking about how to give wisely in an effective way that makes a difference.
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.
An insightful and helpful resource for those whose want to plan projects to the poor that are both sustainable and empowering.Published 18 hours ago by Errol Meaney
Simplistic evaluation and cure for the social programs of today.Published 5 days ago by Mike Wrenches
Puts charity in perspective. Sometimes the obvious is overlooked and the impact can cause more harm than good.Published 6 days ago by Brent D. Ross
Toxic Charity clearly shifts the paradigm of what true missions work is... and is not. This book should be required reading for anyone looking to do charity work from a corporate... Read morePublished 6 days ago by BigPictureNYC
This was an eye opener for me. We just don't realize how much harm we do when we attempt to do good. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really appreciate the author taking on the difficult question of entitlement/dependency/and charity, and many of his insights such as indigenous leadership and sustainability are... Read morePublished 14 days ago by James Engel
Lupton does a great job of explaining why charity can sometimes be "toxic" to the recipients. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm glad someone FINALLY had the courage to show that the majority of charities do little more than enslave poor people to charity. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Felix the cat