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.


Nonprofit's $22 million center will help revitalize Lake Street corner

The project, half of which is being publicly funded, is part of a broader revitalization of a busy Lake Street intersection marked by vacant lots and empty storefronts


No cash or spare change for the Salvation Army's red kettles? No problem

The Salvation Army adds mobile-pay technology in hopes of boosting donations in cashless society.


Give to the Max Day sets a record for donations to Minnesota nonprofits

As Thursday drew to a close near midnight, donations rolled in online and helped Give to the Max Day set a record, hauling in…


Twin Cities nonprofits boost deliveries of free food to people in need in greater Minn.

While poverty and homelessness may be more visible in the Twin Cities, it's not a problem confined to urban areas.


Give to the Max Day wraps up with a record fundraising total

The total topped last year's mark of $21 million just before midnight. For many, large and small, the event is a boost that helps fuel the entire year.


Free beer and cuddles with a kitten on Give to the Max Day

Nonprofits hope to break state's record on Give to the Max Day


Judge grants $2.5M judgment against former Children's Theatre actor accused of sex assault

McLean now faces more than $8 million in judgments in Minnesota.


Three Minn. nonprofits get Bush Foundation grants of up to $500K

Nonprofits were among 81 applying for grants from the foundation.


Giddy Gophers fans rush field after big win, kicking off wild celebrations

More than a dozen minor injuries were reported, including four that sent people to the hospital, but none serious, officials said.


Attorneys seek $2.5M more from ex-Children's Theatre actor Jason McLean in sex abuse case

More than $6 million in judgments have already been filed against McLean.