True Charity exists to champion a national movement of
voluntarily funded, effective charity
at the most local level.

The True Charity Network is a national coalition of churches and nonprofits
that serve people in poverty.

We provide our members with extensive practical resources to operate their programs with excellence, connection to like-minded peers, and ways to influence the communities they serve.

Our online courses, available at True Charity University, are only the tip of the spear. Our network members have access to a gold-mine of resources developed to help you see real outcomes for those you serve. 

What is True Charity University?

True Charity University is a the individual, online learning platform of True Charity, which exists to champion a national movement of voluntarily sourced, effective charity at the most local level. 

All video courses on TCU are also available in group learning format on the Network Member Portal. 


Dr. James Whitford
Founder & CEO, True Charity Initiative
James Whitford, CEO and founder of True Charity is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the first certified True Charity model in Joplin, Missouri, Watered Gardens Ministries. James earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Physical Therapy after which he worked in the specialty field of wound care before his transition to full-time ministry work.
Jeff Lofting, M.Ed.
VP of Education, True Charity Initiative ('20-'23)
Jeff served as the VP of Education for True Charity Initiative from 2020-2023. He first heard the concepts of "true charity" during the launch of TCI in 2012 at the Leadership Forum, after which he and his wife joined the TCI Education Committee. He and his wife relocated to Tokyo, Japan, the following year to work for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDea) but continued serving at a distance through various projects. He returned to the States in 2020 to join TCI full-time. In 2023, Jeff returned to DoDea. He earned his Master of Education in Information Science and Learning Technologies with the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013.
Dr. Travis Hurley
VP of Advancement, True Charity Initiative
Travis serves as the VP of Advancement for True Charity Initiative after seventeen years in located church ministry and nearly five years in leadership for a private Christian college. A passionate communicator of the love of Christ for His church and our call to pursue and share that love with all that we are to all that we meet, he believes in the True Charity Initiative, because he is convinced that effective charity transforms both individual lives and the communities in which they live — a powerful testimony to the power of the Gospel of Jesus to reconcile people to Him and to each other.

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