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.


Annual Walk to End Hunger goes virtual, falls short of $250K goal

In all, $208,000 was donated to support nine organizations.


Minnesota families retool Thanksgiving traditions amid pandemic

They streamed to Plymouth from across the Twin Cities, on their way to pick up plastic containers of carrots, foil-wrapped platters of turkey and homemade…


Annual holiday toy drives shift to virtual efforts

Pandemic pushing many nonprofit activities online.


Historic Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River grows 9,000 pounds of produce to donate to food shelf

The Oliver Kelley Farm transformed its educational gardens into victory gardens benefiting people in need.


Nonprofits push for more government help as COVID aid expires

With CARES funding set to expire, state groups say the need for aid is dire.


Give to the Max Day draws record $30.5 million

Minnesotans' outpouring of generosity in the midst of a pandemic catapulted the final tally for the annual Give to the Max Day to…


Minnesotans set a Give to the Max Day record, giving $30 million

Despite the pandemic, Give to the Max donations soared past last year's tally.


Minnesota nonprofits brace for a worse 2021

A new report shows 40% of nonprofit employees filed for unemployment in 2020; volunteer shortage looms.


Give to the Max Day aims to boost donations for Minn. nonprofits as COVID-19 strains budgets

Nonprofits are depending on Give to the Max Day to make up for lost fundraisers


National fund started in Minnesota for families of health care workers who died of COVID

Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm says the goal is to raise millions to pay for funerals, other expenses.