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.


For the first time in more than a century, Minneapolis park workers go on strike

After seven months of contract negotiations, union members went on strike after the Park and Recreation Board presented its final offer Monday.


Minnesota says tobacco firms owe $58M in underpayments from landmark settlement

Attorney General Keith Ellison's office allege Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds owe the state nearly $10 million a year since 2019.


Deficit spurs Minnesota Historical Society to 'rightsize' by shedding workers

The Minnesota Historical Society has been trying to rebuild revenue and staffing since massive 2020 layoffs and financial losses. But a budget deficit this year has prompted more layoffs.


Flurry of new affordable housing projects are breaking ground across the Twin Cities

Several new affordable apartment buildings are opening this year and next along with more emergency shelters for Minnesotans experiencing homelessness.


Feeding Our Future attempted bribery case could affect other trials in Minnesota

Legal experts say the attempted bribe of a juror could deter other Minnesotans from serving on a jury, fearing for their safety or privacy.


Feds charge five in plot to bribe Feeding Our Future trial juror with $120K in cash

Five people, including three who were on trial, are now being charged.


Judge denies Burnsville defendant's request to be released from jail in Feeding Our Future case

Mukhtar Shariff was convicted by a jury earlier this month in the fraud case, and has been in custody since June 3.


'We can always do better,' Gov. Walz says of Education Department after report criticizes Feeding Our Future oversight

Walz said the Legislative Auditor's report was a "fair critique" of the department, though he said no state employees are accused of wrongdoing.


'Inadequate oversight' of Feeding Our Future opened door to fraud, report says

A much-anticipated special review of the Minnesota Department of Education's oversight of Feeding Our Future found that the state agency "failed to act on warning signs."


19 Minnesotans win prestigious Bush Foundation fellowship

The 19 Minnesotans, two North Dakotans and three South Dakotans are this year's winners of the Bush fellowship, which gives $100,000 to advance community leaders' education and training.