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.


Minnesota foundations give emergency aid to nonprofits to help residents during COVID-19

Nonprofits are seeing a growing number of people in need of help.


Housing homeless in Hennepin County could easily hit $1M a week

County officials say that state help will be needed to cover what they say could be staggering costs.


Minnesota homeless shelters seek more aid, resources before COVID-19 'spreads like wildfire'

Nonprofits working with the Minnesota's homeless say they're unprepared for COVID-19.


Minnesota Science Museum, Children's Museum lay off most staff

Cultural nonprofits lose critical admission revenue.


Nonprofits ask for $60B in federal aid as they brace for decline in donations

So far, on GiveMN's site, donations are up this month compared to this time last year.


Minnesota nonprofits create reusable pads for women and girls so they can stay in school

Minnesotans join forces to create reusable pads for girls on their periods so they can stay in school.


YMCA reopens shuttered fitness centers for child care in Minnesota during COVID-19 outbreak

Gov. Tim Walz authorized the use of YMCA sites during the pandemic.


Minnesota nonprofits, foundations scramble to respond to COVID-19 outbreak

Foundations are launching emergency funds to help nonprofits, which are seeing an unprecedented need for services.


University of Minnesota cancels in-person classes due to coronavirus

The unprecedented move across all five university campuses because of the coronavirus outbreak will be in effect through at least April 1.


Minnesota schools cancel trips over coronavirus concerns

Some Minnesota colleges, universities and high schools are canceling trips abroad because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Some students are changing personal travel plans for spring break.