Exodus Global Alliance has enjoyed tax-exempt status in New Zealand for more than 10 years. This year, however, they have been denied that status on the grounds that they do not meet one of the requirements for being declared a “charity,” providing a “public benefit:”

Exodus Ministries has had charitable status, exempting it from income tax, for more than a decade but the status was removed by the Charities Commission this month under a regime introduced in 2007.

The commission said the trust was not performing any public benefit because homosexuality was not a mental disorder and did not need curing.

The commission noted that the American Psychological Association said there was little scientific evidence to show that homosexuality could be “cured” and attempts to do so could cause harm.

Hardly the only charity targeted by the commission, in fact 1,224 other organizations have been deregistered for being “too political, too commercial, or not having the required paperwork.” 978 have been deregistered this year alone.

EGA is not a part of Exodus International, about whom XGW reports much more often. Rather, they are a global umbrella organization of which Exodus is a member. Details about this relationship can be found on this page of the EGA site. While Exodus International is largely affiliated with the United States, Canada, the UK and Mexico, EGA states that they encompass Africa, Asia Pacific, Brazil, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and Latin America. Their “International Office” is located in Toronto, Canada.

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