Questions on how to serve the poor and vulnerable


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.



About ywammercy

Called to serve the poor of our world through self-sacrificing love, compassion and justice in the model of Jesus Christ.
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