Kelly Smith | Star Tribune
Reporter | Nonprofits, charity and philanthrophy

Kelly Smith covers nonprofits/philanthropy for the Star Tribune and is based in Minneapolis. Since 2010, she’s covered Greater Minnesota on the state/region team, Hennepin County government, west metro suburban government and west metro K-12 education.

Smith was born in Duluth and grew up in the Twin Cities. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and worked for the Forum newspaper in Fargo, N.D., before coming to the Star Tribune in 2010.


St. Paul's Wilder Foundation looks for new ways to boost donations

Nonprofit needs to stop drawing on its century-old endowment.


Nonprofit opens new wellness facility in north Minneapolis to combat obesity

It is part of a growing effort to address health disparities in the neediest parts of the city.


St. Cloud teacher counters hate with sambusas and Somali tea

Somali refugee Hudda Ibrahim created the grassroots effort for people to ask frank questions and have civil conversation.


Fatal police encounters since 2000

The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.


Growing nonprofit Big Brothers Big Sisters is moving to its own building in north Minneapolis

The nonprofit known for its mentoring programs will move in fall 2020.


Nonprofit wages surpass government salaries in Minnesota for first time

Low unemployment rates make hiring competitive with government sector.


Greater Twin Cities United Way announces new grants for 2019, part of new strategy

Almost 100 Twin Cities groups will get a share of the narrowed-focus funds.


Jessica Flatequal, Mankato community LGBT activist, dies

As a self-proclaimed "professional lesbian," she became a critical supporter for many students at Minnesota State.


More Minnesota companies are paying their employees to take time off to volunteer

With a tightening job market and low unemployment, adding such benefits can attract employees and boost retention.


YMCA expands effort to get Minnesota kids more politically involved

New efforts aim to help educate and mobilize the next generation of civic leaders.