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.


Twin Cities nonprofits face critical shortages of volunteers amid omicron surge

Some nonprofits are scaling back programs or turning to their own staff to work more due to shrinking volunteer ranks.


St. Paul nonprofit Sahan Journal awarded $1.2 million grant from American Journalism Project

Sahan Journal is the first nonprofit news organization in Minnesota that the American Journalism Project has funded.


Minnesota Central Kitchen reaches 2 million meals, dishing up food for people in need

The effort, which began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, pays Minnesota chefs and restaurant workers to prepare meals for those who need them.


New AmeriCorps program to help welcome Afghan refugees to Minnesota

AmeriCorps members will help about 750 Afghan refugees arriving in Minnesota in the next two months.


Minnesota nonprofits grapple with closures in the New Year

More than 300 nonprofits have closed in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the number of closures so far isn't a significant uptick from pre-pandemic.


Former Catholic convent opens as a new shelter for families in St. Paul

Project Home opened at the Provincial House in St. Paul to help address the housing crisis in Ramsey County.


Bush Foundation awarding $100M to narrow racial wealth gaps

Nexus Community Partners in St. Paul and NDN Collective in Rapid City, S.D., will help design and operate grant programs for Black and Native Americans.


Minnesota nonprofits look for new ways to diversify their volunteer ranks

A statewide advocacy organization is pushing to re-examine how to broaden the base of organizations.


Minnesota nonprofits assist with the Southern, Midwestern tornado aftermath

The local Red Cross has sent 19 volunteers from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to help Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas tornado victims.


Anonymous donor drops $4,000 in Twin Cities Salvation Army red kettles

The Twin Cities Salvation Army has dubbed the mysterious philanthropist "St. Grand" for dropping $1,000 in the red kettles for 11 years in a row.