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.

More Minnesota foundation dollars are going to Florida and other states

Some experts worry that means Minnesota nonprofits are getting less support from some Minnesota foundations.

Twin Cities nonprofit that helps families of first responders accused of conflicts of interest

The Minnesota 100 Club was ordered by the state Attorney General's Office to revamp its policies, including adding a conflict-of-interest policy.

Minnesotans can help affordable housing — and get a tax credit

The state's housing finance agency has launched a six-year fund to drum up donations in exchange for an 85% tax credit.

Audit finds Secretary of State's Office needs to boost oversight of grants

The Minnesota Secretary of State's office passed the state audit in every measure except for its oversight of grants.

Hudson, Procaccini mark new roles on the Minnesota Supreme Court with ceremonial oaths

Natalie Hudson and Karl Procaccini were officially sworn in in October, but a public ceremony was held Monday to honor them.

Explorers discover dead person in downtown St. Paul cave

No additional details were released about the deceased person or how they died.

Minnesota on record-setting pace to top 7 million food shelf visits this year

Minnesota leaders announced Monday that the state will distribute an extra $5 million to food banks.

Minnetonka estate showcases Victorian era and Minnesota's milling past

The Charles H. Burwell House was the first Minnetonka site to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Give to the Max Day draws $34 million, the second-highest amount ever

The final tally: $34.2 million was donated on Give to the Max Day — the fourth consecutive year the statewide online fundraiser topped $30 million.

Will Minnesotans break from the national trend of declining Give to the Max Day donations?

Many Minnesota nonprofits are seeing a drop in donations this year even as their expenses rise.