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.


Hot and muggy hour after hour today, even after sunset, for Twin Cities

Heat advisory covers until at least 10 p.m., prompts cautionary message from National Weather Service.


Plaintiffs in sex abuse cases against the Children's Theatre to protest insurance company

Laura Stearns contends that jurors had no idea that insurance companies were on the hook, not CTC, for paying any damages in her case.


Somali American is trailblazer in a construction field with few women, people of color

As a developer and general contractor, Nawal Noor is leading efforts to diversify the industry.


Starkey ends its celebrity-packed Twin Cities gala

The Starkey Hearing Foundation's high-profile, red carpet gala — the biggest celebrity event in Minnesota each year — is ending after a nearly 20-year run.Since…


Minnesota nonprofits, foundations lead the way to boost 2020 census turnout

Nonprofits are working to increase awareness about the 2020 census


Minn. DNR warns boaters not to hit loons on lakes this summer

Loons frequently nest and raise their young in areas where boaters may be speeding by and loon chicks can't dive for safety or fly until they are more than two months old.


Gov. Walz issues executive order in response to Minn. fuel shortage

It aims to help fuel trucks deliver gas to stations that could run low.


Bring your baby to work? Minnesota nonprofits tap unusual benefits to attract, retain employees

Nonprofits are tapping unusual benefits to attract and retain employees.


Minnesota foundations speak out about effect of tax law changes

With individual giving down, nonprofits struggle with how to move forward.


Twin Cities YMCA partners with Google to host free workshops for families on internet safety

The free one-hour classes on online safety are the first of the kind for the YMCA in the Twin Cities.