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A presentation on the book by Lupton, Robert D. (2011-10-11). Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It, HarperCollins.

A presentation on the book by Lupton, Robert D. (2011-10-11). Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It, HarperCollins.

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  • What we have to understand is that it starts from within.
  • Have the institution complete the grid. Regarding financial resources, list the programs that bring those resources to the participant and which ones help build them.For example, a program that just gives participants money would be listed under “brought.” A program that compensates participants as they educate themselves on financial matters and supports them by lobbying for livable wages would be listed under “builds.” If an institution does not address financial resources, leave it blank. If an institution collaborates with (not partnerships but collaborates with) another institution to address financial resources, then write that collaboration in that box. This grid will show clearly which resources an institution addresses and how they address it. Ideally you would want all the resources to be addressed in the “building” line either by collaboration or directly by your institution.
  • Credo of a Community DeveloperBy Y.C. James YenGo to the peopleLive among themLearn from themPlan with themWork with themStart with what they knowBuild on what they haveTeach by showingLearn by doingNot a showcase but a patternNot odds and ends but a systemNot piecemeal but an integrated approachNot to conform but to transformNot for relief but for release
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    • 1. "Everyone thinks of changing the World, But no one thinks of changing himself.” - Leo Tolstoy
    • 2. Lupton, Robert D. (2011-10-11). Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It (p. 5). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. As compassionate people, we have been evaluating our charity by the rewards we receive through service, rather than the benefits received by the served. We have failed to adequately calculate the effects of our service on the lives of those reduced to objects of our pity and patronage.
    • 3. Lupton, Robert D. (2011-10-11). Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It (p. 4). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. Giving to those in need what they could be gaining from their own initiative may well be the kindest way to destroy people. .
    • 4. An Oath for Compassionate Service 1. Never do for the poor what they have (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves. 2. Limit one-way giving to emergency situations. 3. Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements.
    • 5. An Oath for Compassionate Service 4. Subordinate self-interests to the needs of those being served. 5. Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said – unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effective service. 6. Above all, do no harm.
    • 6. In developing countries where people must constantly hustle simply to survive, a work ethic is almost a given. Not so in a culture like the United States, where the welfare system has fostered generations of dependency and has severely eroded the work ethic. Lupton, Robert D. (2011-10-11). Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It (p. 121). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
    • 7. • Give once and you elicit appreciation; • Give twice and you create anticipation; • Give three times and you create expectation; • Give four times and it becomes entitlement; • Give five times and you establish dependency. Lupton, Robert D. (2011-10-11). Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It (p. 130). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
    • 8. •Are recipients assuming greater levels of control over their own lives or do they show up, year after year, with their hands out? • Is leadership emerging among the served? • Are their aspirations on the rise? • Is there a positive trajectory? Lupton, Robert D. (2011-10-11). Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It (pp. 106-107). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. Questions To Ask
    • 9. If we are Bringing resources, without also helping people Build those resources, we are keeping them trapped in a cycle of poverty.
    • 10. To better understand people from poverty, the definition of poverty will be “the extent to which an individual does without resources.” The resources are the following … DEFINITION OF RESOURCES
    • 11. Financial Emotional Mental Spiritual Physical SupportSystems Relationships/ RoleModels Knowledgeof HiddenRules IntegrityandTrust Motivationand Persistence FormalRegister Building Brought 11 RESOURCES Reprinted with permission. Copyright J. Pfarr Consulting.
    • 12. Getting Ahead
    • 13. Getting Ahead
    • 14. Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, and investing, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements. Kiva Microlending - Lend to the Poor Online - Kiva.org www.kiva.org Make a loan to an entrepreneur across the globe for as little as $25. Kiva is the world's first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs ... Microloans - accion.org www.accion.org Microloans are helping millions, and Accion is a leader in the field
    • 15. “And when the best leader’s work is done the people say, “We did it ourselves!” -Lao-tsu
    • 16. Thank You! www.bibbfamilyconnection.org/library