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.


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.


Minnesota attorney general bans two Florida charities for deceiving donors

Keith Ellison announced the ban, which was the result of a settlement in Ramsey County District Court.


Salvation Army still short donations, despite new gift from St. Grand

Salvation Army is facing a shortfall of about $500K.


Minnesota is again No. 1, topping a list for most generous state in the U.S.

Experts say the rankings reinforce the state's strong philanthropic sector and show that Minnesotans are above average in volunteer time, too.


Twin Cities donors help fill Salvation Army's shortage of toys for kids in need

The Twin Cities nonprofit earlier this week faced a shortage of toys for 1,800 kids.


6 Minnesotans who were voices of inspiration in 2019

As the year draws to a close, let's be inspired by people who aspire to connect, heal and support their communities.