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 nonprofits worry about 'donor fatigue' during COVID-19 as they kick off year-end fundraising

Nonprofits hope donors rally after a record year.


Salvation Army launches red kettle campaign early, pivots to focus on online giving during COVID-19 pandemic

The nonprofit is even hoping to push online giving through its annual red kettles with QR codes directing people online.


Minnesota Red Cross seeks volunteers as crises escalate across U.S.

Julie Buerkle boarded a plane Saturday bound for Florida, but not for the beach. With travel plans nixed during the pandemic, the Roseville 54-year-old found…


Trump's praise of Robert E. Lee gets pushback from Minnesotans proud of state's role at Gettysburg

Minnesota soldiers played a pivotal role at Gettysburg, a major Confederate loss.


Sanneh Foundation adds new athletic fields, dome for year-round sports in St. Paul

Sanneh Foundation's first-class facility gives St. Paul kids a leg up with sports.


Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul aims to raise $40M in largest fundraiser ever

Twin Cities nonprofit seeks more visitors to nature center and trails.


Minnesota AG Keith Ellison bans group from seeking donations in state

The state of Minnesota is banning an organization from soliciting donations that scammed residents into thinking they were donating to support people in need. A…


More than 70 Minnesotans deployed to assist Western wildfires

Firefighters, support crew members and Red Cross volunteers are working in several areas devastated by raging wildfires.


George Floyd's family launches foundation on social change

The family of George Floyd has launched a nonprofit foundation and will make the formal announcement Sunday during the annual National Homeless Day event in Minneapolis.


Mpls. Park Board plans $1M rehab of Cedar, Lake of the Isles channel

The project will replace crumbling retaining walls, add flowers, shrubs.