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.
Good read, thoughtfully presented. It required me to reassess my charitable giving and my approach to social service delivery.Published 2 days ago by Edith C. Fraser
As the director of an all-volunteer international nonprofit, I appreciate all the good points and guidance offered by the author in the closing pages. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Derek Reinhard
How to help without hurting those you want to reach out to. Toxic Charity show you how you can do it and not hurt fathers trying to be a hero to their children when life has dealt... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Margaret U. Warfford
Needs more accountability. Everyone in our reading group made few self applications.Published 7 days ago by Denise
I just moved to an old rust belt city that's undergoing a renaissance. I was troubled by the extreme poverty that surrounds the wealthy, comfortable neighborhoods but I wasn't sure... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Um...
This book was recommended to me by a fellow volunteer. It has provoked much thought and inspection of programs I am currently involved in.Published 9 days ago by anon
Great book. Really made me think about what I give money to. I've shared it with some friends and a couple of executive directors of agencies I support.Published 9 days ago by Guy M. Marzano
I work with a charity that does monthly mobile food drives. This book describes some of our clients perfectly. We have to make them more independent.Published 13 days ago by Susan Cannon
Maybe not what you want hear but if you outreach ministry of any kind, local or international you better read this.Published 16 days ago by Steve Schmitt