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.


Asian American nonprofits in Minn. see increased giving, but disparities persist

Communities of color face persistent disparities in funding in philanthropy.


Fort Snelling among a dozen historic sites reopening across Minnesota this summer

The Minnesota Historical Society has slowly been reopening its 26 sites.


Bush Foundation takes on debt for $100M effort to close wealth gap

The St. Paul-based foundation, one of the largest in Minnesota, announced Monday that it will disburse double the amount of funding it ordinarily grants each year. Not only that, it will allocate the money directly to Black and Native American individuals through community-based groups.


Twin Cities Salvation Army holds final food drive to meet record goal

The Salvation Army is holding a final food drive event Saturday as the Twin Cities nonprofit is still short 430,000 pounds of food to meet…


Lake Street Council fund supports small health care businesses in south Minneapolis

Small health care businesses in Minneapolis got a boost from new grants to reopen or relocate after many were damaged following the police killing…


Woodbury 4-year-old begins long recovery after rare spinal injury

Navon Lee's family is holding out hope he will walk again after he woke up Christmas Eve morning paralyzed.


New alliance aims to advance racial equity in Twin Cities, led by Black business and community leaders

The alliance, announced Wednesday, has raised nearly $4 million toward 10-year plan.


Four local nonprofits boost culturally specific foods at food banks

Four nonprofits are teaming up to collect culturally specific foods.


No one hurt when shots fired near Woodbury shopping area

A portion of Valley Creek Road just east of Interstate 494 was shut down Saturday evening after a 911 caller reported that a man fired…


Zetta Feder, a Minnesota civil rights activist and Jewish community leader, dies at 93

On an August morning in 1963, Zetta Feder and a group of 57 Minnesotans left the Twin Cities on a trip that would make the…