Shannon Prather | Star Tribune
Reporter | Philanthropy and the nonprofit community

Shannon Prather covers philanthropy and the nonprofit community. She joined the Star Tribune in 2013. Shannon graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has worked for daily newspapers in Idaho, California and Minnesota for nearly two decades. She's won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.


Robert Mitchell, mayor of Medina and community booster, dies at 74

Medina Mayor Robert “Bob” Mitchell Jr. used his position at the podium to infuse civility and courtesy in public discourse. “He listened rather than judged.…


Alliance pushes to close racial gap in Minnesota homeownership

Families of color are much less likely to own a home in Minnesota, research shows


Two quiet giants of local philanthropy rebrand to raise profiles of giving

Twin foundations respond to donors who want impact.


Twin Cities Y says 'Get Outdoors' to help cure modern-day maladies

The year-round nature initiative is aimed at all demographics: kids, adults, seniors, city dwellers and suburbanites.


Charities report record demand despite rising prosperity

Stagnant wages, growing population of struggling seniors, paired with a housing shortage and rising rents has pushed the Twin Cities' poorest even lower.


Fort Snelling story widens with stories of slavery

Historian Joseph McGill will lecture and then sleep at the fort Saturday.


United Way doubles its double goal for back-to-school backpacks for needy kids

Greater Twin Cities United Way is doubling down on Action Day, its annual celebration and volunteer event that helps needy families during back-to-school time.Nearly 4,000…


United Way launches new online workplace giving tool

Donors can research charities, give via payroll deduction and sign up for volunteer opportunities.


Wells Fargo pledges to give away $400 million this year

The annual total is a big jump, comes amid tough PR times for the bank.


Gold Star Wives remember loved ones at national meeting in Twin Cities

The women gathered for a memorial service Friday at Fort Snelling.