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Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like If We Cared About Results

Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like If We Cared About Results

by Robert D. Lupton


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062307286
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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.

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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

Conclusion 185

About the Author 193

About FCS Urban Ministries 195

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