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

Shannon Prather has covered philanthropy and nonprofits for the past two years. She has two decades of experience reporting for newspapers in Minnesota, California, Idaho, Wisconsin and North Dakota. She has covered a variety of topics including the legal system, law enforcement, education, municipal government and slice-of-life community news.

"Prather attended high school in Fargo, N.D. and went on to earn a bachelor's of journalism from the University of Missouri. She has received additional training from Investigative Reporters & Editors and The Poynter Institute. She has covered everything from death penalty trials to growing pains in Twin Cities suburbs. She has been recognized for her work by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and the California News Publishers Association.


As giving to tribes declines nationally, Minnesota a bright spot for American Indian causes

Minnesota is home to six of the 30 foundations most generous to Indian causes, giving $118.5 million between 2006 and 2014.


YMCA opens second family camp in northern Minnesota

Camp Northern Lights is 115 acres on Bear Island Lake in Babbitt, Minn.


Giving Tuesday offers Minnesotans another day to donate

The international event followed record-breaking Give to the Max Day.


With Constellation Fund, Andrew Dayton launches new data-driven philanthropy

The Constellation Fund will give to poverty-fighting organizations.


Furniture bank Bridging connects needy Minnesota families with furnishings

Twin Cities nonprofit Bridging seeks donations, volunteers as it expands into larger space.


Exhibit explores incarceration in America, confinement of American Indians in Minnesota

"States of Incarceration" is a national traveling exhibit created by students and featuring historic photos, original artwork and videos. It will be in the Twin Cities until Feb. 18.


Improv Parenting takes center stage with upbeat, resilent message

It's a bit of a pushback to many of the driven, competitive, anxiety-ridden parenting styles batted around in pop culture today.


On record Give to the Max Day, Minnesota charities reap millions in donations

Organizers of the 24-hour online giving marathon aim to beat last year's total of $20.6 million.


Give to the Max Day celebrates 10 years, looks to help nonprofits year-round

Donors gave a record $20.6 million last year.


Nonprofits find key partner in St. Paul-based Sunrise Banks

The company has built its reputation on serving working-class customers.