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Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.


Simulation of Welfare System Reveals Raising Newstart Would Reduce Poverty Gap

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 13th December 2018 -  Raising Newstart by around $300 per fortnight and the Age Pension by $11, while other welfare payments are cut, would reduce the poverty gap by 11 per cent, according to new analysis.

What Impact Will Your Gift Have This Christmas?

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 13th December 2018 -  Australians are expected to spend over $50 billion in the lead up to Christmas, and while gifts are a great way to show appreciation for your loved ones, the charity and B-Corp sectors are encouraging shoppers to think creatively in their gift giving this year.

Philanthropic Scholarship to Boost Indigenous University Students

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  Monash University and Gandel Philanthropy have partnered to support the next generation of Indigenous change agents, as part of the largest philanthropic fundraising campaigns in the history of the university.

Re-Branded Yes Campaign Turns Up Heat on Anti-Discrimination Fight

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 11th December 2018 -  The passing of marriage equality in Australia marked a turning point for LGBTIQ+ people, but one year on, a new legal advocacy group are committing to end discrimination of students in religious schools.  

NDIS Service Providers Cautious Over Complex Needs Pricing Shake-Up

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 10th December 2018 -  A pricing-arrangement shake up for National Disability Insurance Scheme service providers working with people with complex needs has been met with caution by some providers who say all the details haven't been made clear.

Unlocking Remote Australia


Maggie Coggan, Monday, 10th December 2018 -  John Burn is head of Many Rivers, a not for profit which works with small business owners in some of the most remote parts of Australia, helping them overcome barriers and showing the rest of Australia what they have to offer. He is this week’s Changemaker.  

Tomorrow Fund Celebrates Five Years of Funding Changemakers

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 6th December 2018 -  The philanthropic arm of one of Australia’s largest finance companies is celebrating its five year anniversary of awarding $1 million in funding grants to people doing extraordinary things in their local community.

Glyn Davis Confirmed as New Head of the Ramsay Foundation

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 5th December 2018 -  Former chancellor of Melbourne University, Glyn Davis, has been announced as the new head of the $3.6 billion Ramsay Foundation, in a move welcomed by the philanthropic and community sectors.

What Have Encryption Laws Got to do With the Social Sector?

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 5th December 2018 -  Digital rights activists warn the implications of the federal government’s encryption bill will need to be closely watched by social sector organisations, who may be open to law enforcement agencies tapping their phones and accessing their information.

The War on E-Waste and Everything in Between


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 5th December 2018 -  With over 20 million tonnes of technology ending up in landfill each year, Cat Harding and Mardi Brown knew they had to “Pony Up” – or do their bit. Now they’re not just diverting tech from landfill, they’re changing a culture of corporate e-waste, writes Maggie Coggan in this month’s Spotlight on Social Enterprise.  

Greening Big Business a Win For All

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 4th December 2018 -  One of Australia’s largest environmental charities has won big at this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards, celebrating their partnerships with big business making a real environmental impact.

Funding Cuts to Disability Communication Service a ‘Smack in the Face’

Maggie Coggan, Tuesday, 4th December 2018 -  State government funding cuts to a South Australian service helping people with disability access the legal system will leave vulnerable people without a voice in police interviews or court, a disability advocates warn.
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