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.


Bankruptcy filing won't hurt local finances, program, Minn. scout leaders say

The Northern Star Council said it doesn't receive money from the national organization for its $21 million budget and is "separately incorporated," a spokesman said.


TU Dance, former dancer reach settlement in case alleging sexual assault

The co-founder of TU Dance, Uri Sands, resigned in December.


CEO of Be the Match steps down citing 'personal reasons'

C. Randal Mills has led the nonprofit since 2017.


Female-focused approaches are big draw for Minn. women seeking help with substance abuse

Experts say women have often waited longer to get mental health treatment since they are usually the primary caregivers in a family and also face a sometimes harsher stigma when seeking help.


Armin 'Whitey' Luehrs, Minnesotan who shaped YMCA camps across the U.S., dies at 95

Thousands of YMCA campers across the country have Armin Luehrs to thank for helping champion and shape camps nationwide. After establishing programs at northern Minnesota…


Trump administration taps Minnesota native to lead U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

Ross Wilson, who spent nearly four decades in the U.S. Foreign Service before retiring to the Twin Cities, is sworn in again to fill temporary position.


GreenLight Fund touts 'new form of philanthropy' for the Twin Cities

Ninth U.S. GreenLight site has backing of big names.


Minnesota foundation expands to give grants to first responders, military members

The Front Line Foundation, formerly Friends of SWAT Minnesota, renamed and expanded in 2018.


Big Minnesota nonprofits kick off 2020 with new leaders

Minnesota's nonprofit sector has seen leadership turnover, especially of retiring "legacy leaders" who have been in charge more than 10 years.


After giving out nearly $165 million, a Minneapolis foundation is almost broke and ready to close — on purpose

Former Honeywell exec focused giving on four recipients in a limited window.