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.


After loss of newspaper, Eden Prairie residents look to launch nonprofit news website

In response to the closing of the suburb's weekly newspaper, a group has launched the Eden Prairie Local News Group.


Minnesota museums reopening as they struggle to survive during COVID-19

Some museums won't outlast the crisis, a new national study predicts.


YMCA shuts fitness centers in St. Paul, Lino Lakes and Prior Lake

The closures follow the Y's drop in revenue due to COVID-19.


Minnesota Children's Museum in St. Paul reopens Aug. 1 after four-month closure

The museum has boosted its cleaning and sanitizing efforts.


Twin Cities YMCA faces questions from within on racism, inequality

The Y's CEO vowed to take new steps, including listening sessions and a new advisory team.


Minnesota nonprofit job postings will include what's long been secret: Pay

It's part of a broader push in the nonprofit sector to be more transparent and ensure pay is equitable.


More than 150 employees laid off from Science Museum of Minnesota

The St. Paul museum, which shut its doors March 13 due to the pandemic, has lost $10 million in revenue since then.


YMCA's revenue drops due to COVID-19 closures of child care and fitness centers in Minnesota

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, the third-largest in the U.S., saw revenue drop 30% so far this year.


About a third of all nonprofit workers in Minnesota have filed for unemployment during COVID-19

Nonprofits lost an estimated $1 billion in revenue in April alone, according to a study by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.


Lake Street Council gives first grants to help damaged businesses

$2.8 million was given to 175 businesses and nonprofits that were damaged or gutted in fires and riots.