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.


Minnesota Historical Society broadens how it tells the state's history

The group is part of efforts to tell a fuller, if sometimes painful, story about Minnesota's past.


Minnesota volunteers bring water to people around the world

The Minnesota chapter of Engineers Without Borders is helping a mountain village in Honduras build a new water treatment and distribution system.


Theartrice Williams returns to restore confidence in Phyllis Wheatley Center

The former civil rights leader said he wants the venerable north Minneapolis nonprofit to find new community partners, shore up existing programs and expand.


Enthusiastic fans settle in to the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium

The mood in the stadium was enthusiastic at kickoff, and the crowd continued to roar as the game got underway. Eagles fans seemed to outnumber Patriots fans — or at least have a louder fan base, chanting in the concourses, waving handkerchiefs and offering hugs and high-fives to surrounding fans.


Big Game Big Give party in Edina attracts celebs

Party proceeds go to a dozen Minnesota charities and a national fund designed to promote philanthropy.


Women are playing a bigger role in NFL

Women are the fastest growing segment of the NFL's fan base with 86 million tuning in last season.


Twin Cities foundation has unusual goal for its money: Spend it all

The Robina Foundation, started in 2004 by former Honeywell executive James H. Binger, could be out of business by decade's end on explicit orders from the late Binger himself.


Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a 2nd chance

Nonprofit restaurant will help ex-offenders rise above the stigma.


New downtown Minneapolis YMCA offers fitness facilities and centers for wellbeing, equity

Unique YMCA on Nicollet Mall, opening Friday, to hone body, mind and spirit.


For 30 years, Books for Africa gets Minnesota books to the neediest in the world

Since 1988, Books for Africa has sent 40 million books across the Atlantic, stocked nearly 100 African law libraries and shipped electronic tablets loaded with nearly two million title