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.


Wilder Foundation in St. Paul cuts programs, 52 positions to narrow budget deficit

The nonprofit said cost-cutting was planned before COVID-19 but "accelerated" by the crisis.


Minnesota nonprofits rework volunteering during COVID-19

They're adjusting to social distancing, work-from-home routines amid virus.


Minnesota nonprofits boost mental health services during COVID-19

Mental health providers say they're expecting a flood of people needing help.


Mpls. nonprofit triples farmland to meet growing need for healthy food in Native American community

Dream of Wild Health is tripling its farmland to boost offerings of nutritious, culturally specific food.


24-hour fundraiser aims to help Minnesotans facing eviction, utilities shut-off

The 30-Days Foundation, PRISM and the Angel Foundation are teaming up.


First Give At Home MN campaign draws in $5M for nonprofits, schools

The Give At Home MN fund drive benefits groups strained by the virus crisis.


Minnesota nonprofits lost about $1 billion in April due to virus

Arts and health nonprofits took the biggest hits but the entire sector is facing a financial crisis, with nearly all nonprofits facing some level of disruption.


Minnesota nonprofits are in survival mode, shifting galas and fundraising online

Some of Minnesota's more than 9,000 nonprofits don't expect to survive the economic crisis.


With galas canceled, Minnesota nonprofits turn to online campaign

Known for Give to the Max day in November, GiveMN is hosting the eight-day Give At Home MN.


Minnesota's dance community needs to confront sexual consent, ex-TU Dance dancers say

"We don't have a practice of consent," said one of five former dancers. "There's not a very clear line of what's OK and what's not OK."