Resources for the journey toward responsible charity. Browse and buy below!

We have found that the road to recovery is aided by engaging the broad community of voices who are out there working in theological, social, and practical disciplines to lead charitable organizations into more holistic, generative practice within under-resourced communities.

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

Released July of 2015, Lupton's latest book talks about what it is really going to take if we want to "move the poverty needle." We cannot program people out of poverty. Lupton takes a look at best practices from around the US and the globe to show how people are doing more than distributing resources, they are changing whole communities!


Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)

This is the book that inspired this online community - as well as countless other practitioners across the country! If you have not read it, get it today. If you have, get three copies to give to friends, ministry partners, and colleagues. 

Other books by Bob Lupton

Theirs is the Kingdom: Reflections on the Gospel in Urban America


Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor


Renewing the City: Reflections on Community Development and Urban Renewal


Return Flight: Community Development Through Reneighboring Our Cities


+Never do for the poor what they (or could have) the capacity to do for themselves
+Limit one-way giving to emergency situations
+Strive to empower the poor through employment, lending, using grants sparingly to reinforce achievements
+Subordinate self-interest to the needs of those being served
+Listen closely to those you seek to help, especially to what is not being said - unspoken feelings may contain essential clues to effect service
+Above all, do no harm
— Bob Lupton's "Oath for Compassionate Helpers

Books from the CCDA

The CCDA, or Christian Community Development Association, is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored. Guided by an asset-based approach and their 8 Key Components, there are over 3,600 practitioners across the country and around the world joining God in the work of seeking the peace and prosperity of the cities in which they live. The books below are by their founders, board members, partners, and practitioners. 

Other Resources On the Practice of Responsible Charity