Toxic Charity

Toxic Charity

How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It)

Book - 2011
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Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help--not sabotage--those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, the voice of the Urban Perspectives newsletter, and the author of Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life, has been at the forefront of urban ministry activism for forty years. Now, in the vein of Jeffrey Sachs's The End of Poverty, Richard Stearns's The Hole in Our Gospel, and Gregory Boyle's Tattoos on the Heart, his groundbreaking Toxic Charity shows us how to start serving needy and impoverished members of our communities in a way that will lead to lasting, real-world change.
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, c2011.
ISBN: 9780062076205
Branch Call Number: 253 Lupton 10/2011
Characteristics: 191 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 30, 2014

Hedge funds and their mysterious "dark pools" - - private equity and their leveraged buyouts, destroying countless jobs and companies and R&D progress. Shadow banking and the super-thieves behind it. The super-rich and their faux "conservation lobby and movement" which enriched them for being landowners, while depleting the tax base of America. The founder of the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) exploiting the death of her daughter by a drunk driver to enrich herself, then becomming a top lobbyist for the alocholic beveridge association (liquor lobby). Those foundations which allow the super-rich to hide their wealth and ownership, and their various offshore finance centers and trusts. The dismantling of the American economy: Carter's ending the anti-usury federal regulations, which allowed for Reagan to legalize ARMs (Adjustable Rate Mortgages, which would never been allowed as being of a super-usurious nature), the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, exempting securities fraud from criminal enforcement. Then Clinton deregulating the banking industry, thousands of times more devastating into the far future than even Reagan's deregulation of the S&L, which cost over $100 billion to the citizenry. So what exactly is this Lupton character prattling on about? Better to read "A Dream Foreclosed" by Laura Gottsdiener.

Jun 12, 2012

There is hope for lasting change for both our inner city neighborhoods, and our "under-privileged" people. This book shows how it can be achieved.


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Jun 12, 2012

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.


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