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.


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.


Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota adopts North Dakota program that helps older adults

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is taking on North Dakota's Senior Companion Program.


Twin Cities food drives find new ways to reach needy families

Health clinics, churches, rec centers step in to fill empty stomachs in hard times


St. Paul Chamber adopts diversity program eliminated by Wilder

Wilder Foundation eliminated nine programs in 2020 budget cuts.