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

Robert D. Lupton

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Community transformation is about the quality of neighbors, not the quality of programs.”

“the only effective charity is the kind that asks more from those being served, rather than less. Asking for more sends an affirming message to the recipient that he or she also has something of value to offer.”

“I can’t stress it enough: business growth is key to moving the poverty needle.”

“economists like Sachs view reality from a sanitary thirty-thousand-foot distance, not at a grassroots level where social entrepreneurs sweat over spreadsheets. The amazing gains in global poverty alleviation are primarily the result of mushroom explosions in the economies of India and China. Very little change has taken place in sub-Saharan Africa or Latin America.”

“The strategy of crisis intervention must then shift to a strategy of development.”

“Subsidizing inactivity is a bad practice. Yes, people have to survive. But they will not thrive if they are induced by charity (public or private, government or religious) to be unproductive. Purposeful work is what establishes one’s place in society. In addition to providing legitimate income, work is what gives one purpose, enables one to develop a skill, earns one a positive reputation.”

“Social entrepreneurs are driven to find sustainable solutions to the world’s perplexing social problems.”

“It is beginning to dawn on the world of compassion that the root causes of poverty can be addressed effectively only through development, not through one-way giving.”

“I have begun to publicly declare that the only thing that will enable the poor to emerge from poverty is a decent job. And the primary creators of decent jobs are businesspeople who believe deeply in the free-enterprise system.”

“Helping strategies, if indeed they are to be ultimately helpful, demand careful examination of long-term implications. There is no guarantee that unexamined charity will have a redemptive outcome simply because it ‘seems right’ or feels good to the giver.”

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Book Keywords:

poverty, capitalism, wealth, community-development, charity, economic-development, altruism, business, compassion

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