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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.
for anyone working in the non-profit or church communities; for anyone in a church that has fewer members than ten years ago; for anyone sincerely wanting help others, this is the... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by lizziej
As someone who works with a program that provides housing and case management for adults with young children who are homeless, a safe day program and case management for people... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Pamela M Hillenbrand
Plenty to think about here. Not an easy subject to discuss and one that needs addressing.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
insightful and thought provoking for anyone interested in the true purpose of philanthropy/charity.Published 8 days ago by Michael
It's a great book for charities in the US. I believe his approach is spot on in dealing with helping the poor in inner cities. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lupton raises some excellent questions and share important considerations for individuals and institutions who are called to make the world a better place. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Lillian Bryant
This is basic common sense, as almost anyone in any helping profession could tell you. The title is meant to get people's back up, but why bother? Read morePublished 14 days ago by M. Heiss
How often do we unintentionally give a fish when we should be enabling a fisherman? Book has many examples of both but no quick fixes,every situation will be different.Published 16 days ago by s27518
Inspiring, insightful and we're already making changes.... if you're involved in any type of "helps" ministry/charity, you should read the book and take your efforts from... Read morePublished 20 days ago by D. Owens