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.


Affordable housing among key issues in south Minneapolis City Council races

Incumbents face 10 challengers in 3 council races.


Philanthropic foundations support groups advocating on both sides of Minneapolis' policing debate

Local philanthropies find themselves tied to both sides of policing debate.


New Minneapolis nonprofit launches LGBTQ mentoring program, one of few in U.S.

New nonprofit Queerspace Collective fills a crucial void in LGBTQ mentoring programs.


Poll: Most Minneapolis voters want reform, not fewer cops

Most city residents, white and Black, have an unfavorable view of the department, and Black voters overwhelmingly oppose officer cuts.


St. Cloud's riverside gardens are a 'crown jewel' of central Minnesota — and they're open to all

Munsinger Gardens is the only public garden in Minnesota that hugs the shoreline of the Mississippi River.


Minneapolis elections highlight divide between progressive, moderate Democrats

Fractures reflect a broader gap across Minnesota and nationwide as the Democratic establishment faces intense competition from a newly energized and insurgent progressive wing of the party.


Delta variant hits at bad time for some Minn. nonprofits

As virus cases increase, some nonprofits are canceling in-person events or implementing new safety protocols.


Settlement reached with nonprofit aiding vets in alleged violation of charitable giving laws

Pain Free Patriots, Minnesota AG settle allegations that pain-relief grants benefited group's founder.


St. Paul-based Center for Victims of Torture names new CEO

Simon Adams will lead the Center for Victims of Torture, starting in October.


Minnesota nonprofits rally to support Haiti after deadly earthquake

After devastating quake, Minnesotans rally to help.