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.


Phillips Family Foundation and Minneapolis Foundation form partnership

The new "strategic operating partnership" will take effect at the end of March.


Salvation Army hosts Twin Cities drive-through food drives Friday and Saturday to collect donations

The monthlong event aims to collect 2 million pounds of nonperishable items to restock its seven food pantries until summer.


Salvation Army launches month-long Twin Cities food drive

The nonprofit says its goal to collect 2 million pounds of food would make it the largest single food drive.


More Minnesota students vape marijuana despite increasing campaigns against e-cigarettes

Minnesota has launched a new free program to help teens quit smoking.


'Tiny house' indoor village for the homeless opens March 8 in Minneapolis

The two-year pilot program, called Avivo Village, could become a post-pandemic template for private emergency shelters in place of the usual congregate sleeping spaces.


Rural food shelves see unexpected dip even as food stamp use rises

Hunger isn't fading in rural regions. Many may be relying on pop-up food distributions as well as federal aid in stimulus checks, bolstered unemployment assistance and extra money in food stamps.


In an unprecedented step, Minnesota returns 114 acres to Lower Sioux Indian Community

The Native community sought to reclaim the land for decades.


Minnesota organizations boost aid for Texans in aftermath of winter storm

Some Best Buy employees in Texas will get grants.


Clara Slayhi, globe-trotter who worked for U.S. embassies, dies of COVID-19 at age 91

In a tiny town tucked in the farm fields of North Dakota, Clara Slayhi dreamed as a little girl of trekking to the far-flung countries…


Minnesota food shelves ended 2020 with record visitors, and more of them are older adults

The state's food shelves saw a nearly 7% increase in visitors in 2020, almost double the usual rise.