Urban Development

Summary of Toxic Charity

What are they studying The role of charity in communities and its potential “toxic” effect. What do they find? Less of a study per se and more qualititative, the author explores the idea that charity can have a toxic effect on a community when it does not partner with a community. Giving money is easier that forming lasting relationships with a community. One of the examples was moving a church coat exchange to a non-profit clothing center where patrons could purchase the clothes.