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.


Protesters demand Minneapolis attorney drops charges after more than 600 people were arrested last November

More than 600 people were arrested on I-94, most of which carry misdemeanor charges.


George Family Foundation in Minneapolis names new leader

The foundation started by former Medtronic CEO Bill George and his wife Penny has named a new president, the second person who is not a…


State doesn't inspect condos, but building codes are 'robust'

Some Minnesota officials are fielding calls after the Miami condo collapse, but bigger challenges here include snow load and fire.


Market Bucks program for low-income Minnesotans wins state funding

The $325K program encourages patronage of farmers markets by low-income Minnesotans.


Minnesota Council of Nonprofits announces new executive director

Nonoko Sato is the second executive director in the council's three decades, succeeding Jon Pratt.


New coalition boosts activities to keep North Side kids safe, active

It's been a tough year. A new North Commons Park program is here to help with summer games.


New Hudson food bank aims to meet growing need for food in western Wisconsin

The food bank will purchase food from Second Harvest Heartland to help stock its shelves.


YWCA Minneapolis names University of Minnesota attorney as new CEO

The Minneapolis nonprofit's new leader, Shelley Carthen Watson, starts Aug. 9.


Minnesota nonprofits shift to hybrid fall fundraisers, offering both online and in-person galas or events

Online, in-person combined events will be the norm this fall, and possibly for good.


Sentence is not based on emotion or public opinion, judge says

"You have our sympathies," Cahill tells Floyd family.