The veteran urban activist and author of the revolutionary Toxic Charity returns with a headline-making book that offers proven, results-oriented ideas for transforming our system of giving.
In Toxic Charity, Robert D. Lupton revealed the truth about modern charity programs meant to help the poor and disenfranchised. While charity makes donors feel better, he argued, it often hurts those it seeks to help. At the forefront of this burgeoning yet ineffective compassion industry are American churches, which spend billions on dependency-producing programs, including food pantries. But what would charity look like if we, instead, measured it by its ability to alleviate poverty and needs?
That is the question at the heart of Charity Detox. Drawing on his many decades of experience, Lupton outlines how to structure programs that actually improve the quality of life of the poor and disenfranchised. He introduces many strategies that are revolutionizing what we do with our charity dollars, and offers numerous examples of organizations that have successfully adopted these groundbreaking new models. Only by redirecting our strategies and becoming committed to results, he argues, can charity enterprises truly become as transformative as our ideals.
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About the Author
ROBERT D. LUPTON is founder and president of FCS (Focused Community Strategies) Urban Ministries and author of Toxic Charity; Theirs Is the Kingdom; Return Flight; Renewing the City; Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life; and the widely circulated “Urban Perspectives” newsletter. He has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Georgia.
To learn more, visit www.fcsministries.org.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Bad News About Good Works 1
Chapter 2 Partnering with Business 25
Chapter 3 Social Entrepreneurs 45
Chapter 4 Return on Investment 67
Chapter 5 Meeting Market Demands 89
Chapter 6 Reciprocal Exchange: Food 109
Chapter 7 The Three Rs of Community Development 129
Chapter 8 Gentrification with Justice: Education and Economic Development 153
Chapter 9 For-Profit Missions: International Development 169
About the Author 193
About FCS Urban Ministries 195