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 & Minnesota Foundations surpass $1 billion in giving

The St. Paul-based foundations are nearing $1.5 billion in assets, making it the largest community foundation in the state.

'Incredible gift' donated to Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota

The $5M donation will help fund wages, staff training and new technology.

Report shows that pedestrian safety is a major concern on Minnesota's American Indian reservations

More residents get around on foot, often on well-traveled roads

Fans of costly winter sports try to level the playing field

In a state known for its snowy, cold months, more Twin Cities nonprofits are stepping up to diversify winter activities and make them more accessible to people who wouldn't normally try them.

Why do airplanes sound louder during the polar vortex?

We asked Star Tribune readers to send us their cold weather questions. Here's what we found out.

Minnesotan channels Rosie the Riveter to inspire kids with Somali refugee story

Her book, "It Only Takes One Yes," pushes children to make a difference in the world no matter their age.

Bluefin Bay, the iconic North Shore resort, up for sale

It's the first time in 35 years that the property in Tofte, Minn., has been listed for sale.

Southern Minnesota woman who went missing on way to work is found in Illinois

Leigh Meska, 31, turned up Thursday in Rockford, but authorities did not say how she got there.

Minn. workers relieved by end to shutdown, even if temporary

But many are worried that it will happen again Feb. 15.

Former Richfield Mayor Loren Law advised cities, school districts and companies across Minnesota

Tom Hedges was working as St. Peter’s city administrator when Loren Law showed up at the 27-year-old’s doorstep in 1976 with a pitch: Would he…