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.
redundant example of the authors's point, seemingly to choke off worthy charity of any kind.Published 2 days ago by Chris Hartnett
Definitely puts a different perspective on the "helping" culture. Discussed with a small group at my church, resulting in our assessing how we "serve" the homeless.Published 12 days ago by Urlene Jackson Branch
This book is for anyone/any group focused on helping those who are not able to provide for themselves. It identifies practices that result in dependence rather than independence. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gloria J. Gregory
If you are not prepared to be challenged in your thinking then don't read this book. It is thought provoking and potentially life transformational. Read morePublished 16 days ago by lenziegirl
Thoroughly tried ideas worth considering. Be sure to read the whole book. The real good information is not shared until the second half of the book.Published 20 days ago by Mullanphy
Great observations! Hopefully, we will see changes in approaches to charitable work, private and governmental.Published 21 days ago by Henry Repay