Asking the right questions from Bob Lupton and his new book, Toxic Charity.
1. Who’s needs are you serving?
2. Is the proposed activity meeting a real need?
3. Is the proposed mission a top priority?
4. Are the poor capable of doing this themselves?
5. How will you measure success?
6. Is it cost effective?
7. A few Suggestions to avoid mission toxicity
Never do for others what they can do for themselves (teach a man to fish).
• Limit one-way giving to emergencies (most needs are chronic, not crisis).
• Employment, lending, investing are best (use grants sparingly as incentives).
• Subordinate self-interests to the interests of the poor (is this for our good or theirs?).
• Listen to what is not being said (many needs are not immediately voiced).
• Above all, do no harm.