Charity Detox

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

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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

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 134 x 204 x 8mm | 160g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062307282
  • 9780062307286
  • 381,879

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Charity Has Failed. Let's Reinvent It.
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"[Charity] efforts, while necessary in a crisis, do little to improve people's socioeconomic status. Lupton uses this well-worn critique of churches' charitable activities as a springboard for positive action... all readers will find in this book a useful way to reexamine outreach programs."--James Wetherbee, Wingate Univ. Libs., NC
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