Effective Compassion Training

“If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese proverb

The Freedom and Virtue Institute offers training on “effective compassion” for churches, non-profit organizations, and for-profit businesses in the community. Effective Compassion enables and empowers the recipient of the charity by providing important tools and training on how to care and provide for themselves in the future. In so doing, the giver teaches the recipient to be independent rather than dependent on others.

Our belief is that by training a network of dedicated volunteers in churches and non-profits, we can effect change in the ways society assists those who are in need by teaching them how to become self-sufficient.

"The Effective Compassion Training offered to New Hope Presbyterian allowed our members to re-examine how we were “helping the poor.” Initially, it was difficult for me to realize that the many good things we were doing were actually providing the wrong incentive to those we thought we were helping. To all who participate: beware, you will be challenged to rethink some long held assumptions. - Stu Austin, Associate Pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, FL"

The training focuses on the following principles:

  • Human Dignity
  • Promotion of Personal Responsibility
  • Primacy of Reflexive Goods
  • Primacy of the Individual
  • Limited Government
  • Principle of Subsidiarity

The Freedom & Virtue Institute’s Effective Compassion Training program is designed to offer a detailed exploration of the realities of poverty and to equip participants with practical and meaningful tools to address these struggles.

At the Freedom & Virtue Institute, individuals and organizations are shown the impact of their actions on their local communities, with the ultimate goal of bringing change in the internal culture of organizations participating in poverty-alleviation work.

For more information on how you can help, click here or call (239) 240-9393.

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