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


Lent Picket Outside Abortion Clinics Reignites Calls for Safe Zones


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 6th March 2019 -  Anti-abortionists commencing a 40-day picket for Lent outside abortion clinics in Western Australia have infuriated humanitarian and pro-choice charities, renewing calls for safety zones to be introduced nationwide.

Overhauling The Conversation Around Charity Revenue Streams


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 6th March 2019 -  As charities increasingly look to other revenue streams to stay afloat, a guidebook is aiming to help not-for-profit leaders navigate the world of social enterprise.   

Social Enterprise Breaks Into The Mainstream at NSW Award Night


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 6th March 2019 -  An ethical ticket company is paving the way for social enterprise in mainstream business, after winning the NSW premier’s inaugural business award.

Serving Up Bush Tucker and Turning Around Young Lives


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 6th March 2019 -  Charcoal Lane, a social enterprise of Mission Australia, is shaking up Melbourne’s food scene with its native bush tucker menu. But the young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander chefs and waitstaff have a story of their own to tell, writes Maggie Coggan, in this month’s Spotlight on Social Enterprise.   

Drugs and Alcohol a Coping Mechanism for Bullied Teens


Maggie Coggan, Monday, 4th March 2019 -  Bullied teenagers and young adults are turning to drugs and alcohol to help them cope, new research has found, renewing calls for bullying to be recognised as a national health problem.

The Power Behind a Not-So Rubbish Cause


Maggie Coggan, Monday, 4th March 2019 -  For 30 years, the first weekend of March has brought Australians of all walks of life together to do a simple, yet effective act – pick up rubbish. As CEO of Clean Up Australia, Terrie-Anne Johnson is leading the charge. She's this week’s Changemaker.  

Teen Wins Locker Battle for Bunbury Homeless

A Lighter Note

Maggie Coggan, Saturday, 2nd March 2019 -  A 13-year-old girl has become an unlikely hero for the homeless after winning a two-year battle with the city council in Bunbury, Western Australia to install lockers for rough-sleepers to store their possessions.  

NGOs Fight to Uphold Civil Society


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 27th February 2019 -  NGOs and international bodies around the globe are celebrating World NGO Day by highlighting the importance and struggles of protecting and promoting the contributions of civil society organisations.  

Community Sector Hits Back at Climate Solutions Fund


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 27th February 2019 -  The government’s rebadging of Tony Abbott’s emissions reduction fund as a “Climate Solutions Fund” has been slammed by community groups, who say it will be ineffective in solving the real problems causing climate change.

Gambling Crackdown To Help Vulnerable Bettors


Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 27th February 2019 -  Children and problem gamblers will find it harder to place online sports bets after the introduction of new rules that compel betting agencies to speed up the time it takes to verify customers’ identities.

NFPs Rethink Opioid Flushed Gifts

Around the World

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 25th February 2019 -  A growing list of universities, museums and not for profits around the world are reviewing their philanthropic relationship with members of the Sackler family over their role in marketing the controversial pain-pill, OxyContin.

Report Reveals Children Suffering Under Newstart


Maggie Coggan, Monday, 25th February 2019 -  Children living in jobless households are bearing the brunt of low payment welfare schemes, according to a report which has reignited calls to raise Newstart and family support payments.
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