Reporter | Nonprofits, charity and philanthrophy

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.


Historical Society nixes renaming Historic Fort Snelling

The nonprofit held input meetings in 2019 to explore whether to rename the historic site — not the restored fort — to better reflect the area's diverse history.


One of Minnesota's highest peaks offers picturesque vistas off the beaten path

Walk in the footsteps of famed novelist Sinclair Lewis.


Catholic Charities opens new shelter for homeless youths in Minneapolis

Hope Street is relocating from the former St. Joseph's orphanage campus to a renovated $6 million building in the Hiawatha neighborhood.


Minneapolis Public Housing official Kyle Hanson named first director of Agate Housing and Services

Hanson will join the nonprofit July 18 as its executive director.


YMCA scraps plans for downtown St. Paul 'boutique' fitness facility

The Y says the lack of state funding and fewer downtown workers commuting to offices scuttled plans to build a $20 million two-story center.


MPR receives $56 million from anonymous donor, largest gift in its history

The money will go toward the classical station and new media technology.


Twin Cities YMCA opens new day camp near Lakeville

The day camp at Gathering Pines in New Market Township replaces a site the YMCA of the North operated in Prior Lake for years.


Open Arms to open second site to serve more meals to people with life-threatening illnesses

After nearly four decades in Minneapolis, Open Arms of Minnesota is opening a second facility in St. Paul this fall.


Dianne Haulcy named new CEO of Minneapolis nonprofit the Family Partnership

Haulcy, a longtime local nonprofit leader, will start the job in July.


Heather Britt named executive director of Wilder Research in St. Paul

Wilder Research is the research arm of the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul.