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

"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.


Greater Twin Cities United Way narrows focus of its grantmaking

United Way will concentrate its grants on programs that address education success, household stability, and employment and income gaps. It will eliminate grantmaking categories for legal services and independent living.


Ex-prisoners program expands, faces wary neighbors in Mpls.

FreedomWorks is expanding from a 15-bed building it recently sold in north Minneapolis to a remodeled nursing home campus that could one day serve as many as 180 men and women.


Holy Trinity Episcopal Church celebrates 130 years of fighting for racial equity and healing

The church has long been a social and spiritual center for its congregation.


Festival of Giving helps grow Twin Cities children's hearts and minds

The inaugural Festival of Giving encouraged parents and children to volunteer together in fun, creative and, most important, lasting ways.


Florida charity accused of deceiving donors supporting police families

American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens raised $425,000 from Minnesotans from 2011 to 2017, according to the lawsuit by the Minnesota attorney general.


Minnesota philanthropy turns to data to identify and solve problems

More nonprofits sell their stories through analysis.


Union Gospel Mission adds mental health clinic at St. Paul homeless shelter

More than six in 10 homeless people in Minnesota report struggling with significant mental illness, experts say.


Kavanaugh supporters in Minn. say they're holding firm

Many say they're eager for another justice with more conservative ideals on the U.S. Supreme Court, and they view the allegations against him as a partisan attack.


Swedish ambassador, Minnesota Jewish leaders met to discuss surge in hate crimes

Karin Olofsdotter is gathering information about the surge in anti-Semitism in the U.S. — a grimly similar issue in Europe.


Firefly Sisterhood offers support to women facing breast cancer

The St. Louis Park nonprofit started in 2014 and has since matched 740 breast cancers patients with mentors who have survived breast cancer.