Collaborative effort brings ‘Toxic Charity’ author, Robert Lupton, to Charleston

  • Sunday, October 20, 2013

Coastal Community Foundation, Social Venture Partners (formerly Charleston Philanthropic Partners) and Trident United Way are partnering to host Robert Lupton for a presentation and discussion of his newest book, “Toxic Charity.” A collaborative effort among the three presenting sponsors, the session will feature a lecture by Lupton followed by a Q&A session moderated by a panel including: Christopher Kerrigan (president and CEO, Trident United Way), Michelle Mapp (executive director, Lowcountry Housing Trust), Bernie Mazyck (President and CEO, South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations), Rev. Bill Stanfield (CEO, Metanoia) and Dr. George Stevens (president and CEO, Coastal Community Foundation). The event is scheduled for 9-11:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2013 at Rivera Theatre at Charleston Place Hotel.

In addition to “When Charity Become Toxic,” Lupton is author to four other books and the founder of a mixed-income subdivision development group, FCS Urban Ministries. Lupton commented on the unintended harm that charities can inflict, claiming that, “typically, the giving is one-way: those of us with the resources give to those with a lack of resources. One-way giving tends to make the poor objects of pity, which harms their dignity. It also erodes their work ethic and produces a dependency that is unhealthy both for the giver and the recipient.”

For more information on Robert Lupton, visit www.fcsministries.org. To learn more about the presenting sponsors, please visit www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org, www.tuw.org, and www.socialventurepartners.org/charlestonsc.

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