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Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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Charity Reputation Index Reveals High Levels of Public Trust in Sector

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 19th December 2018 -  The Australian public’s level of trust in the charity sector remains high, according to the annual Charity Reputation Index, which named The Royal Flying Doctor Service as the country’s most reputable charity for the eighth year straight.  

Save the Children Helps Make the World ‘Better With a Sweater’

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Luke Michael, Tuesday, 18th December 2018 -  People in the UK were able to make a Christmas donation simply by tapping their debit or credit card on a charity worker’s sleeve, thanks to a new contactless Christmas jumper.

Community Groups Dismayed at Labor’s Failure to Raise Newstart

Luke Michael, Monday, 17th December 2018 -  Labor’s failure to commit to raising Newstart at their national conference has been slammed by anti-poverty advocates, who say welfare recipients will needlessly struggle to survive if forced to continue living on $39 a day.

Government Extends Controversial Cashless Welfare Card

Luke Michael, Friday, 14th December 2018 -  The federal government is extending the controversial cashless welfare card trial by 12 months and considering a fifth site, despite continuing criticism about the card’s effectiveness.

Possible Backlash Caused by Planned Changes to Charities Act

Luke Michael, Friday, 14th December 2018 -  Legal experts warn that the federal government’s plan to guarantee legal protection for charities advocating traditional marriage may create a backlash, as charities scramble to clarify their legal right to advocate on other controversial issues.

Tasmania Secures Long-Term Funding Certainty For NDIS

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  Tasmania has secured long-term funding certainty for the National Disability Insurance Scheme after signing a five-year deal with the federal government.

NFP Sector Faces Growing Fundraiser Shortage

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  A not-for-profit recruitment expert warns that a growing demand for fundraising skills within the sector has created a shortage of fundraisers expected to persist into 2019.  

NSW Government Called to Help NFPs Become Energy Efficient

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  The New South Wales government needs to strongly support the state’s not-for-profit sector to invest in energy saving technologies amid rising energy costs, a report finds.

New Grant Reporting Approach Trialled in the UK

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Luke Michael, Monday, 10th December 2018 -  A group of funders and funded organisations in the UK are trialling a new approach to grant reporting to fix what grantmakers say is a “broken system”.                               

SA Major Parties Urge Federal Government to Raise Newstart

Luke Michael, Friday, 7th December 2018 -  Both major parties in South Australia have agreed Newstart is “far too low” and are calling on the federal government to urgently increase the payment.

App Improving Health Outcomes For Wheelchair Users Given $500,000 in Funding

Luke Michael, Friday, 7th December 2018 -  An innovative sensor app that helps improve health outcomes for wheelchair users will be piloted thanks to a $500,000 funding partnership.   

Foodbank Teams Up With Meal Matchmaker App

Luke Michael, Thursday, 6th December 2018 -  Leftover food from cafes and restaurants across Australia will soon be used to feed people in need, thanks to a collaboration between Foodbank and a social enterprise app.   
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