Toxic Charity

To explore many differing views on well-intended philanthropy with students. Review some of the dangers of philanthropy such as inappropriate intervention, inappropriate verbiage, and naiveté. 

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Students will read and discuss selections from the text, Toxic Charity, covering topics such as public health, homelessness and welfare.


Class set of Lupton, Robert D. (2011). Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It.  New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

(NOTE: An alternative book that has also been used in this class to have similar discussions about the dangers of philanthropy is: MacDonald, Heather (2001). The Burden of Bad Ideas: How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society.)

  1. Homework assignment of chapters followed by class discussion.