Staff Directory 188067161

Shannon Prather

Reporter | Philanthropy and the nonprofit community
phone: 612-673-4804
Shannon Prather covers philanthropy and the nonprofit community. She joined the Star Tribune in 2013. Shannon graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has worked for daily newspapers in Idaho, California and Minnesota for nearly two decades. She's won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Recent content from Shannon Prather
With $6M gap, United Way tells nonprofits they'll be getting less

With $6M gap, United Way tells nonprofits they'll be getting less

Hurt by targeted giving, the Twin Cities branch called 150 nonprofits to let them know their funding will be cut.
Greater Twin Cities United Way misses giving goal, lays off 9

Greater Twin Cities United Way misses giving goal, lays off 9

Greater Twin Cities United Way laid off nine staff members this week and will leave two vacant positions unfilled after missing its 2016 fundraising goals,…
Twin Cities nonprofit is offering $1 million for your big ideas

Twin Cities nonprofit is offering $1 million for your big ideas

Minneapolis-based GHR Foundation is upending conventions with its BridgeBuilder Challenge, which is offering $1 million annually for outside-the-box ideas.
Hennepin County's 10-year plan to end homelessness falls short

Hennepin County's 10-year plan to end homelessness falls short

A 10-year plan to end homelessness in Hennepin County has concluded short of its goal, with the number of homeless actually increasing slightly since 2007.…
Worst crisis in 70 years stirs Minnesotans to fight African famine

Worst crisis in 70 years stirs Minnesotans to fight African famine

Local agencies and individuals are moving quickly to feed the starving before the crisis in Africa becomes a large-scale catastrophe.
Minneapolis Foundation vows $50,000 for Jewish security measures

Minneapolis Foundation vows $50,000 for Jewish security measures

"The Faith in Each Other Fund" will help Jewish schools, community centers and synagogues increase security. Foundation leaders will set up a parallel defense fund for Muslims this spring.
Hospitals, teachers turn to play to help vulnerable kids build optimism, resilience

Hospitals, teachers turn to play to help vulnerable kids build optimism, resilience

Training based on science helps adult caregivers model resilience and optimism for their young clients.
Food-focused nonprofits cater to socially conscious couples

Food-focused nonprofits cater to socially conscious couples

A trio of Twin Cities food nonprofits eager to satisfy the appetites of socially conscious consumers has branched out into the catering business, and business is brisk.
U.N. global goals push Minnesota foundations to 'think globally, act locally'

U.N. global goals push Minnesota foundations to 'think globally, act locally'

Message of foundation leaders was to think globally but act locally.
Twin Cities charities compete March Madness-style in their own tournament

Twin Cities charities compete March Madness-style in their own tournament

Brackets for Good seeds 64 nonprofits in a tournament where they compete to be the highest fundraiser.
Torture victims find solace at St. Paul nonprofit center

Torture victims find solace at St. Paul nonprofit center

Now in its 33rd year, the Center for Victims of Torture has helped develop and lead the international rehabilitation movement, with U.S. and U.N. support.
Bush Foundation unveils plan to customize how students learn

Bush Foundation unveils plan to customize how students learn

The St. Paul-based foundation will devote most of the $7 million-plus it spends annually on education to the "School Design for Individualized Learning" initiative.
Best Buy tops St. Jude's holiday donor list with $18.2M

Best Buy tops St. Jude's holiday donor list with $18.2M

Charity reports that tech retailer raised $18.2 million as "Thanks and Giving" donor.
Charitable gambling nonprofits say tax bills bigger than money left

Charitable gambling nonprofits say tax bills bigger than money left

Some nonprofits pay more in taxes on pulltabs, other gambling than they give out to community.
Blind passenger shares video of dispute with Metro Transit bus driver

Blind passenger shares video of dispute with Metro Transit bus driver

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled last summer that Metro Transit had to turn the video over to the passenger.
Life coaches fill gap for young adults exiting foster care

Life coaches fill gap for young adults exiting foster care

Nonprofit life coaches partner with state and counties to help them thrive
Record $25M gift to U will fund immigration law center's work

Record $25M gift to U will fund immigration law center's work

The University of Minnesota Law School's Center for New Americans has filed lawsuits on behalf of immigrant families and dispatched attorneys and law students to the airport in the wake of efforts to bar some immigrants.
Minnesota nonprofit council opposes lifting political gag rule

Minnesota nonprofit council opposes lifting political gag rule

But the Minnesota Family Council called the proposal "a welcome change."
Headhunters reshaping leadership at Minnesota nonprofits

Headhunters reshaping leadership at Minnesota nonprofits

More of them are following the corporate world, using headhunters.
Harvey Glommen, who inspired changes for seniors and people with disabilities, dies at 88

Harvey Glommen, who inspired changes for seniors and people with disabilities, dies at 88

Social worker Harvey Hamilton Glommen dedicated his life to helping society’s most vulnerable members. He developed innovative and lifesaving programs for seniors, including a meal…
Otto Bremer Trust gave away a record amount in 2016

Otto Bremer Trust gave away a record amount in 2016

Three metro organizations each received $1 million grants.
New St. Paul shelter offer paths out of homelessness

New St. Paul shelter offer paths out of homelessness

St. Paul's Higher Ground facility goes beyond crisis management to keep people off the streets.
New leader of rural Initiative Foundation has small-town roots

New leader of rural Initiative Foundation has small-town roots

Matt Varilek left a job in Washington D.C. to lead the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation.
Audit: State not following equal opportunity laws

Audit: State not following equal opportunity laws

Despite affirmative action laws, audit says state hiring of "targeted groups" lags behind.
Rights leader at Mpls. event: Young people saying 'no more'

Rights leader at Mpls. event: Young people saying 'no more'

Civil rights more important than ever, says activist and widow of Medgar Evers.
Republican control of Legislature fuels anxiety among nonprofits

Republican control of Legislature fuels anxiety among nonprofits

A Republican leader told organizations: "Be ready to deliver accountability."
Charitable gambling in Minnesota tops $1.5 billion in 2016

Charitable gambling in Minnesota tops $1.5 billion in 2016

Pulltabs, raffles, bingo and other forms of charitable wagering jumped 13.2 percent.
The Minneapolis Foundation funds equity initiatives

The Minneapolis Foundation funds equity initiatives

Minneapolis Foundation focused on boosting education, economic vitality.
Minnesota families afford the cost of adoption with nonprofit's help

Minnesota families afford the cost of adoption with nonprofit's help

Gift of Adoption has awarded $5.4 million nationwide to help 1,820 families adopt.
Holocaust survivor who settled in St. Paul left enduring legacy

Holocaust survivor who settled in St. Paul left enduring legacy

In the last two decades, the E. David Fischman Scholarship has awarded $3.1 million to 71 Israelis pursuing doctorates at American universities.
Anonymous donor pays off lunch balances at Maple Grove High

Anonymous donor pays off lunch balances at Maple Grove High

"It warms your heart," says school district spokeswoman.
Salvation Army in "dire need" of more bell ringers

Salvation Army in "dire need" of more bell ringers

The charity is short thousands of volunteers to staff its red kettles.
Over Dayton's objections, Civil War paintings to stay displayed at Capitol

Over Dayton's objections, Civil War paintings to stay displayed at Capitol

Despite Gov. Mark Dayton’s objections, six massive paintings depicting Minnesota soldiers in Civil War battles will be rehung in the Governor’s Reception Room and anteroom…
Minn. Historical Society gets ready to settle Capitol art dispute

Minn. Historical Society gets ready to settle Capitol art dispute

On Thursday, the 30-member executive council of the Minnesota Historical Society is expected to decide the future of six massive and priceless paintings that depict Minnesota soldiers in Civil War battles.
Center of the American Experiment ramps up in Minnesota

Center of the American Experiment ramps up in Minnesota

John Hinderaker, in remaking the conservative think tank, also sees a surge in donations.
Innovative Walk-In Counseling Center thriving after nearly 50 years

Innovative Walk-In Counseling Center thriving after nearly 50 years

Founded in 1969, clinic follows no-fee, anonymous model that has reached thousands.
From A to Zany: Troupe uses theater to teach complex topics to kids

From A to Zany: Troupe uses theater to teach complex topics to kids

The Minneapolis-based nonprofit National Theatre for Children is the creative middleman connecting companies, schools and perhaps their toughest customers: children.
Dorothy Day Center holds last Thanksgiving dinner in old, cramped space

Dorothy Day Center holds last Thanksgiving dinner in old, cramped space

The mood is upbeat as staff prepares a move to the more spacious Higher Ground.
GiveMN promises a complete accounting for online glitches

GiveMN promises a complete accounting for online glitches

The nonprofit expects its technology vendor to find out what went wrong on the site.
Some Minnesota nonprofits ride post-election surge

Some Minnesota nonprofits ride post-election surge

Some leaders attribute uptick in donations and volunteers to postelection anxiety.
Overloaded servers don't keep Give to Max Day from passing last year's total

Overloaded servers don't keep Give to Max Day from passing last year's total

Even with topping $18 million, donors and nonprofits express frustration with GiveMN site.

Two North Side nonprofits get Bush awards for innovation

Six Upper Midwest nonprofits with bold missions to transform the communities they serve, including the Northside Achievement Zone in north Minneapolis, will divide up a…

Give to the Max strategies get playful, creative

Partake in a little sledgehammer therapy in St. Paul. Help some duct-tape wielding students stick it to their teacher in St. Louis Park. Laugh it…

Minnesota's homeless vet population declines

Registry identifies individuals in need and helps them find housing.
Minneapolis, St. Paul energy conservation nonprofits merge

Minneapolis, St. Paul energy conservation nonprofits merge

The two conservation groups will continue to help metro area residents save on energy bills.
Minn. polling places prepare for evening turnout

Minn. polling places prepare for evening turnout

Twin Cities voters went to the polls in a steady stream Tuesday evening, but by about 5 p.m. there were few signs of a late rush like the one that polling places saw in the early morning.

Local spelling bee is again spelling SOS

For the second year in a row, the Twin Cities’ regional spelling bee could be in peril if it doesn’t find a patron. The Scripps…
For millennials, a new way to give

For millennials, a new way to give

The 50 members of the nonprofit Fourth Generation pool their dollars and time to make smarter, focused donation decisions.
Blind wild mustangs with 15th-century bloodlines sent to Minnesota sanctuary

Blind wild mustangs with 15th-century bloodlines sent to Minnesota sanctuary

Hastings-based sanctuary took the seven – plus two mares – from S.D. refuge.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity expands into fixer-uppers

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity expands into fixer-uppers

For the first time, Habitat will allow an expanded pool of families to shop for homes on the open market and then assist with the purchase and renovations.
Apartments for homeless youths open in St. Paul, offer them a helping hand

Apartments for homeless youths open in St. Paul, offer them a helping hand

The program in St. Paul aims to offer a safe place to develop life skills before moving on.
Obituary: Methodist Bishop Emerson Colaw was 'spellbinding' orator, kind ministry leader

Obituary: Methodist Bishop Emerson Colaw was 'spellbinding' orator, kind ministry leader

Methodist Bishop Emerson Stephen Colaw had a knack for taking a familiar Bible story and reframing it in a way that challenged and inspired listeners.…
Young people get help in financial literacy

Young people get help in financial literacy

Several nonprofits offer programs to improve financial literacy among teens and young adults — and meet what is increasingly seen as a real need.

Nonprofit exec already under investigation now charged with tax fraud

Michael Tobak is being investigated by state and federal authorities for allegedly diverting millions from his home health-care business for his personal use.
Minnesota first in the nation to launch Young Women's Initiative

Minnesota first in the nation to launch Young Women's Initiative

It's a first-of-its-kind partnership between the state and a nonprofit, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.
Twin Cities nonprofits move forward on livable wage

Twin Cities nonprofits move forward on livable wage

Some leaders say paying a livable wage to their own employees is a moral mandate.
Minnesotans line up to adopt puppies saved from overseas meat farms

Minnesotans line up to adopt puppies saved from overseas meat farms

Dogs once set for slaughter are finding homes here in a Humane Society program.

Nonprofit exec accused of siphoning millions from Golden Valley firm

The Minnesota attorney general, U.S. attorney and the IRS are scrutinizing International Health Care Services of Golden Valley and its former president.
New savings raffles entice more Minnesotans to save

New savings raffles entice more Minnesotans to save

Retiree Lois Ninnemann likes to belly up to the penny slots at the casino. The thrill of a big jackpot is a big reason she…
Ex-North Star, Gopher Pat Micheletti joins push to find kidney donors

Ex-North Star, Gopher Pat Micheletti joins push to find kidney donors

Pro hockey cost the Minnesota hockey great a knee and a hip. But the ibuprofen he took daily nearly cost him his life.
Two children maimed in ISIL attacks treated in Minnesota

Two children maimed in ISIL attacks treated in Minnesota

Both boys lost limbs during terrorist attacks in northern Iraq.
Target shifts its giving strategy, promotes the power of play

Target shifts its giving strategy, promotes the power of play

Retailer pours money and sweat into playgrounds, other projects.
New way to give for new generation of donors

New way to give for new generation of donors

The 50 members of the nonprofit Fourth Generation pool their dollars and time to make smarter, focused donation decisions.
Twin Cities businesses ask why professionals of color leave

Twin Cities businesses ask why professionals of color leave

Sixty percent of those who took part in recent focus groups said they plan to leave the state in the next three to five years.
Manufactured home park in St. Anthony can't undo its sale, judge rules

Manufactured home park in St. Anthony can't undo its sale, judge rules

Judge says the law must balance their interests against the rights of the park owner.

Downtown Minneapolis YWCA to show off $12.5 million face-lift

A $12.5 million makeover means the YWCA in downtown Minneapolis will look refreshed as the nonprofit organization celebrates it 125th year. Planners have reworked much…
18,000 kids celebrate their good work at WE Day at Xcel Center

18,000 kids celebrate their good work at WE Day at Xcel Center

Young philanthropists earn tickets by volunteering and raising money for nonprofits.
Aggressive tenant screening creates class of 'unrentables'

Aggressive tenant screening creates class of 'unrentables'

Local nonprofits explore ways to ease screening for tenants with a troubled past.
Oldest Minnesota charity reaches 150 year milestone

Oldest Minnesota charity reaches 150 year milestone

They first met to address the pressing needs of their time. The year was 1866, and the 20 Minnesota women collected clothing for newly freed…
Lino Lakes City Council fights proposed pay lanes along I-35W

Lino Lakes City Council fights proposed pay lanes along I-35W

Council members say they don't want to limit lane use, which is key to MnDOT's push for mass transit.
Community gardens more than triple in Twin Cities

Community gardens more than triple in Twin Cities

Gardening was forbidden where Anthony Emanuel grew up. Residents were not allowed to disturb the ground around the north Minneapolis public housing complex apartment where…
Blaine lands first boutique hotel

Blaine lands first boutique hotel

The five-story hotel, only the city's third one of that size, will be built across the street from the National Sports Center.
Columbia Heights cop fired over stake in check-cashing business

Columbia Heights cop fired over stake in check-cashing business

20-year police veteran had financial stake in Your Exchange while responding to felony-level police calls there.
In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paddled a canoe Friday off St. Paul to highlight the Twin Cities' urban park, lauded as a national treasure.
Minn. Supreme Court divided on access to Metro Transit recordings

Minn. Supreme Court divided on access to Metro Transit recordings

KSTP was denied access to video of a bus crash, but in a separate decision a blind passenger won access to Metro Transit video.
Read our comment standards

StarTribune.com welcomes and encourages readers to comment and engage in substantive, mutually respectful exchanges over news topics. Commenters must follow our Terms of Use.

  1. Keep it civil and stay on topic.
  2. No profanity, vulgarity, racial slurs or personal attacks.
  3. Comments with web links are not permitted.
  4. Comments that violate the above will be removed. Repeat violators may lose their commenting privileges on StarTribune.com.

Comments will be reviewed before being published.

More from Star Tribune