7 Marks of Effective charity series

Mark #6: Freedom

Freedom is a basic human right. When we hear about slavery, oppression and injustice we rightly become angry and demand change. Yet, the very charity we practice can bring oppression and slavery through dependency to those we seek to help.

Marvin Olasky, author of The Tragedy of American Compassion,
writes, "Dependency is merely slavery in a smiling mask."

How can we make sure our charity brings freedom to the lives of the poor?

In this lesson, you will learn how to practice charity that promotes freedom and how to avoid entrapping the poor in dependency.

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Director of Education ('20-'23)
True Charity Initiative


Executive Director
True Charity Initiative


Jeff Lofting, M.Ed.

Jeff first heard the concepts of "true charity" during the launch of the True Charity Initiative in 2012 at the inaugural 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 but continued serving at a distance through designing multimedia to promote the philosophy of TCI and its events.

In 2020, Jeff and his family returned to the U.S., where he is now Director of Education for TCI. He earned his Master of Education in Information Science and Learning Technologies with the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2013.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Patrick Jones - Course author

Dr. James Whitford

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 Gospel Rescue Mission. 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.
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