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.


With $1.1 billion in assets, the St. Paul-based Otto Bremer Trust is expanding to Montana and eastern Wisconsin

Foundation's reach grows in Wisconsin, Montana.


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.


Children's Theatre hosts open forum in the wake of sex abuse lawsuit settlements

About 45 people attended gathering Monday night.


Minn. nonprofit used nearly $1M to fund for-profit businesses, AG says

After a three-year investigation, Praying Pelican Missions was ordered to overhaul its polices and leadership.


Minneapolis Foundation announces $500,000 in grants to boost resources for renters

The focus on housing is in direct response to last year's Minneapolis homeless camp, one of the largest settlements ever seen in the state.


Target Foundation announces new funding focus for Twin Cities nonprofits

The foundation is paying for training for nonprofits to navigate the transition.


Children's Theatre Company settles 7th sex-abuse lawsuit

"Still work to be done," victim's lawyer says; Children's still faces eight more cases.


What's the best place, time to see the northern lights in Minnesota?

Although the lights can be seen any time of year, spring and fall, especially September and March, are the best chances to see the northern lights in Minnesota.


Between 30 and 49 years old? New initiatives are recruiting you to move to rural Minnesota

Across the state, more than a dozen efforts have popped up to bring in new and young people.


Hilary Thimmesh, former St. John's University president, dies at 91

At St. John's, he ditched his initial plans to go into journalism and took his parish priest's suggestion to enter the novitiate.