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.


Minneapolis nonprofit argues the state arbitrarily rejected it from meal program due to separate fraud

The Minnesota Department of Education rejected Gar Gaar Family Services from a federally funded meal program in December 2021, one month before the FBI's investigation into Feeding Our Future became public.


More Minnesotans visiting food shelves than any year on record

The number of Minnesotans using food stamps has also increased this year from 2019, 2020 and 2021.


St. Paul nonprofit launches preschool programs aimed at preventing racism before it starts

Before Racism started piloting its anti-racism curriculum in four day care and child care centers this year, and plans to expand in 2023 to 12 more sites.


After pandemic hiatus, Minnesota nonprofits are resuming in-person fundraising galas

Many nonprofits shifted galas and other fundraisers online during the pandemic.


Minnesota's first Black-led community foundation gives first-time grants

The Black Collective Foundation is distributing its first grants this month to Black-led Minnesota organizations and leaders.


After two years online, Walk to End Hunger resumes in person Thursday at Mall of America

Now in its 15th year, the walk will raise money for seven hunger relief organizations.


Greater Twin Cities United Way responds to surge in calls for housing and mental health help

The nonprofit, one of the largest chapters in the U.S., recorded a surplus for the first time in six years.


Minnesotans collect $34.1 million for Give to the Max Day, coming close to topping last year's record

The number of donations fell just shy of breaking a new record for the online fundraiser, now in its 14th year.


Minnesotans contribute more than $34 million to nonprofits on Give to the Max Day

Nonprofits across the state made their pitch to donors Thursday for support in the 14th annual event.


Education Department denied legal fees reimbursement in Feeding Our Future case

A judge rejected a bid by the Minnesota Department of Education to force Feeding Our Future to repay more than $500,000 that the state agency spent defending itself in a 2020 case.