Family First is unhappy it has lost its charitable status which means donations to it won’t be tax deductible.
The Charities Registration Board has ruled that Family First’s main purpose is political, rather than charitable, and that it will lose its charitable status unless it appeals to the High Court by May 27.
Family First director Bob McCoskrie said the organisation was being penalised for its leading role in the campaign against legalising gay marriage, which was passed by Parliament on April 17. . . .
I don’t think that’s the case. Greenpeace lost its charitable status for the same reason – its primary focus is political.
But I do think there is a question over why some groups qualify and some don’t:
Deemed to be charitable
Child Poverty Action Group
National Council of Women
Society for Promotion of Community Standards
Deemed to be political
NZ Council for Civil Liberties
Save Our Arts Centre Society (Christchurch)
Sensible Sentencing Trust
There’s little difference in what the public see of the Child Poverty Action Group and Family First.
Both appear to put most if not all of their efforts into lobbying and advocacy which is by its nature is political.
Political parties can’t get charitable status and nor should political lobby groups.
They will still be free to lobby on behalf of their supporters but they’ll be doing it without support from the public purse by way of tax deductions on donations.