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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
Minnesota Historical Society broadens how it tells the state's history

Minnesota Historical Society broadens how it tells the state's history

The group is part of efforts to tell a fuller, if sometimes painful, story about Minnesota's past.
Minnesota volunteers bring water to people around the world

Minnesota volunteers bring water to people around the world

The Minnesota chapter of Engineers Without Borders is helping a mountain village in Honduras build a new water treatment and distribution system.
Theartrice Williams returns to restore confidence in Phyllis Wheatley Center

Theartrice Williams returns to restore confidence in Phyllis Wheatley Center

The former civil rights leader said he wants the venerable north Minneapolis nonprofit to find new community partners, shore up existing programs and expand.
Enthusiastic fans settle in to the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium

Enthusiastic fans settle in to the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium

The mood in the stadium was enthusiastic at kickoff, and the crowd continued to roar as the game got underway. Eagles fans seemed to outnumber Patriots fans — or at least have a louder fan base, chanting in the concourses, waving handkerchiefs and offering hugs and high-fives to surrounding fans.
Big Game Big Give party in Edina attracts celebs

Big Game Big Give party in Edina attracts celebs

Party proceeds go to a dozen Minnesota charities and a national fund designed to promote philanthropy.
Women are playing a bigger role in NFL

Women are playing a bigger role in NFL

Women are the fastest growing segment of the NFL's fan base with 86 million tuning in last season.
Twin Cities foundation has unusual goal for its money: Spend it all

Twin Cities foundation has unusual goal for its money: Spend it all

The Robina Foundation, started in 2004 by former Honeywell executive James H. Binger, could be out of business by decade's end on explicit orders from the late Binger himself.
Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a 2nd chance

Gourmet grilled cheese eatery aims to give ex-offenders a 2nd chance

Nonprofit restaurant will help ex-offenders rise above the stigma.
New downtown Minneapolis YMCA offers fitness facilities and centers for wellbeing, equity

New downtown Minneapolis YMCA offers fitness facilities and centers for wellbeing, equity

Unique YMCA on Nicollet Mall, opening Friday, to hone body, mind and spirit.
For 30 years, Books for Africa gets Minnesota books to the neediest in the world

For 30 years, Books for Africa gets Minnesota books to the neediest in the world

Since 1988, Books for Africa has sent 40 million books across the Atlantic, stocked nearly 100 African law libraries and shipped electronic tablets loaded with nearly two million title
St. Paul night services speak to those who feel exiled from church tradition

St. Paul night services speak to those who feel exiled from church tradition

Pilgrim Lutheran Church offers night services in Celtic, Nordic and compline traditions.
Big Game Big Give promises lavish Super Bowl party in Edina

Big Game Big Give promises lavish Super Bowl party in Edina

Annual Big Game Big Give event attracts some of the world's biggest celebrities.
MSP Airport features Transfer of Memory Holocaust exhibit during Super Bowl

MSP Airport features Transfer of Memory Holocaust exhibit during Super Bowl

"Transfer of Memory," portraits of survivors who came to Minnesota, to be shown through Super Bowl.
Coon Rapids High School launches kindness campaign

Coon Rapids High School launches kindness campaign

It consists of contests, challenges, charity drives, pep fests, posters and more throughout the year.
Wellbeing Center to be part of new downtown Minneapolis YMCA

Wellbeing Center to be part of new downtown Minneapolis YMCA

George Family Foundation is a partner behind the first-of-its-kind center focusing on self-care.

Former UW-Stout basketball player dies in Costa Rica plane crash

Amanda Geissler among 12 people who died on small plane in Costa Rica.
The Trailhead at Wirth Park to offer year-round outdoor fun

The Trailhead at Wirth Park to offer year-round outdoor fun

Winter sports enthusiasts at Wirth were getting an early taste of what's to come. Trails are open and cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals are available seven days a week.
Allina restricts hospital visitors during flu season

Allina restricts hospital visitors during flu season

With flu season upon us, infections easily transmitted in health care settings.
Obituary: Longtime Metro Transit driver Simmie Hinton engaged everyone in his path

Obituary: Longtime Metro Transit driver Simmie Hinton engaged everyone in his path

Simmie Hinton was a master of the art of casual conversation.Hinton chatted up thousands of folks during his 28 years as a Metro Transit bus…
Minnesota fire deaths look to spike in 2017 after fatal blazes at year's end

Minnesota fire deaths look to spike in 2017 after fatal blazes at year's end

Authorities say cooking and candles often are to blame for more fires near the holidays.
Minnesota nonprofits and foundations fear more pain with new tax law

Minnesota nonprofits and foundations fear more pain with new tax law

The groups worry that as fewer taxpayers itemize, donations will plummet.
WHY Church welcomes those questioning, new to organized religion

WHY Church welcomes those questioning, new to organized religion

Elk River Christian congregation is eager to help folks tackle deep, sometimes thorny questions and experience church in a different way.
Twin Cities YMCA expands the circle for girls escaping trauma

Twin Cities YMCA expands the circle for girls escaping trauma

YMCA going beyond gyms to offer social services.
Amazon elves drop off $15,000 of gifts and supplies at Minneapolis shelter for families

Amazon elves drop off $15,000 of gifts and supplies at Minneapolis shelter for families

Amazon's elves dropped off $15,000 in gifts and supplies at a Minneapolis homeless shelter.
$200K check lands in Salvation Army kettle in south Twin Cities metro

$200K check lands in Salvation Army kettle in south Twin Cities metro

The donor wished to remain anonymous, the Salvation Army said.
2019 Final Four logo pays tribute to past tournaments in Mpls.

2019 Final Four logo pays tribute to past tournaments in Mpls.

The organizing committee revealed the logo Friday as part of its official launch.
Madness for 2019 Final Four in Mpls. will launch Friday

Madness for 2019 Final Four in Mpls. will launch Friday

On Friday, planners will unveil event logo more than a year ahead of March Madness.
After waves of disasters, some nonprofits fear donor fatigue during critical holiday fundraising

After waves of disasters, some nonprofits fear donor fatigue during critical holiday fundraising

Some worry that donors will be too tapped out just when groups get the bulk of their gifts at the end of the year.
Is Minnesota charitable? It depends on the numbers

Is Minnesota charitable? It depends on the numbers

One analysis has state as third most charitable while another has us 41st.
Minn. Historical Society CEO who pushed Native American initiatives is retiring

Minn. Historical Society CEO who pushed Native American initiatives is retiring

Elliott raised attendance, pushed for more inclusive view of state's history.
CaringBridge starts national conversation on 'How We Heal'

CaringBridge starts national conversation on 'How We Heal'

CaringBridge's new campaign explores how storytelling and medicine can work together.

Hot Friday: Twin Cities hits record high of 60 degrees

Coats were unnecessary attire as late November warmth enveloped the region.
Jewish Community Action tries 'deep canvassing' to move needle on racism

Jewish Community Action tries 'deep canvassing' to move needle on racism

Volunteers and staffers are fanning out into suburban Twin Cities neighborhoods and sharing their own stories of feeling "other."
United Way wants to expand its fundraising out of the office

United Way wants to expand its fundraising out of the office

Younger donors prefer to target giving to causes.
Union Gospel Mission serves Thanksgiving to 50,000

Union Gospel Mission serves Thanksgiving to 50,000

Union Gospel Mission provides holiday meals for those in need.
Salvation Army hopes young bell ringers refresh red kettle campaign

Salvation Army hopes young bell ringers refresh red kettle campaign

This year there's a concerted effort to attract teens and young adults for help.
Give to the Max 2017 sails past $20 million record goal

Give to the Max 2017 sails past $20 million record goal

Unlike in past years, the day went seamlessly en route to topping the $20.1 million mark.
St. Thomas gets record $50 million gift from grateful alum

St. Thomas gets record $50 million gift from grateful alum

GHR Foundation's gift is the largest ever given to a Minnesota college or university for scholarships.
A Minnesota couple's love story leads to a philanthropic legacy

A Minnesota couple's love story leads to a philanthropic legacy

Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst worked their way out of hard times with the goal of making a difference. Their legacy is GHR Foundation, one of Minnesota's largest philanthropic organizations.
Give to the Max Day raises $6.5 million in first 7 hours

Give to the Max Day raises $6.5 million in first 7 hours

Campaign launches ninth year with hopes that technical gremlins are in the past.
U.S. Bank invests $1 million so Minnesotans can play

U.S. Bank invests $1 million so Minnesotans can play

So far, 16 community groups have benefited.
Minnesota nonprofits, foundations come out against House tax plan

Minnesota nonprofits, foundations come out against House tax plan

State's nonprofit sector fears the worst from proposed GOP overhaul.
2017: Phyllis Wheatley Community Center director says she was forced out

2017: Phyllis Wheatley Community Center director says she was forced out

Brianna Miller says she resigned against her will after only four months.
Augsburg's StepUP sober dorm offers students in recovery second chance at success

Augsburg's StepUP sober dorm offers students in recovery second chance at success

StepUP has been giving students a second chance for 20 years and counting.
Gillette Children's hospital celebrates 120th, still a rarity in the treatment of children with disabilities

Gillette Children's hospital celebrates 120th, still a rarity in the treatment of children with disabilities

Nonprofit is still only one of a handful offering long-term care for rare disorders and injuries.
Struggling Maplewood church finds new life by living 'like you are dying'

Struggling Maplewood church finds new life by living 'like you are dying'

Christ United Methodist Church opted to partner with a public school, a local mosque and neighbor families of all faiths.
Record-breaking 9,000 bikes donated to Minn. nonprofit in 4 hours

Record-breaking 9,000 bikes donated to Minn. nonprofit in 4 hours

The response shattered goal of Free Bikes 4 Kidz, which is getting ready for its holiday distribution.
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies leads in disaster work

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies leads in disaster work

The Eden Prairie-based organization gave $47.4 million to disaster relief and recovery efforts last year, the most of any philanthropy in Minnesota.
AG forces Minnesota for-profit theater group to end nonprofit foundation

AG forces Minnesota for-profit theater group to end nonprofit foundation

Owners of the National Theatre for Children agreed not to create any new nonprofits in which they held more than 3 percent of the shares.
5 YouTube megastars that kids (and parents) should know

5 YouTube megastars that kids (and parents) should know

These five YouTubers have garnered millions of views (and millions of dollars) for their goofy antics.    PewDiePie Real name: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg. Subscribers:…
Free Bikes 4 Kidz aims to smash world record

Free Bikes 4 Kidz aims to smash world record

Free Bikes 4 Kidz hopes to collect 5,513 used bicycles Saturday, which would break its own world record from 2015.

New website lets nonprofits rate foundations that fund them

Goal is to give Minnesota foundations more candid feedback from applicants.

Merger creates one-stop shop for Minnesota nonprofits

Merger of resource groups combines strategy, loans.
Angel of Hope Garden spreads its wings in Maple Grove

Angel of Hope Garden spreads its wings in Maple Grove

Maple Grove expanding paved area around a statue where people honor lost loved ones.
Marion Etzwiler, Minneapolis Foundation trailblazer, dies at 88

Marion Etzwiler, Minneapolis Foundation trailblazer, dies at 88

The 88-year-old died Sunday at her Minneapolis home, four weeks after a brain tumor was diagnosed.
Not like pulling teeth: Nonprofits investing in children's oral hygiene

Not like pulling teeth: Nonprofits investing in children's oral hygiene

Several philanthropies are pouring millions of dollars into dental care for working class and low-income Minnesota families, seeking to give poor kids the kind of healthy smile that will boost self-esteem and ease entry into the workforce.
Ex-CEO of Microsoft, L.A. Clippers owner donates $20 million to St. Paul nonprofit College Possible

Ex-CEO of Microsoft, L.A. Clippers owner donates $20 million to St. Paul nonprofit College Possible

Gift from Steve Ballmer, which is unrestricted, will be dispensed to the St. Paul-based nonprofit over a 10-year period.
Old Dorothy Day homeless shelter demolished to make room for new Catholic Charities campus

Old Dorothy Day homeless shelter demolished to make room for new Catholic Charities campus

Phase II of the $100 million project is scheduled to be finished in 2019.

With first men's conference, Women's Foundation broadens message

"Many Faces of Manhood" is part of effort to pull men into the conversation.
Minnesotans gear up to help hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and at home

Minnesotans gear up to help hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and at home

Relief workers and volunteers are heading to Texas, and now Florida, to help storm victims.

Minnesota Red Cross sends more workers ahead of Hurricane Irma

Nearly 60 Minnesota disaster workers already are deployed to the Texas Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Minnesota disaster volunteers deploy to help with Irma in Florida

As volunteers continue to work in Texas, others are preparing to clean up after Irma in Florida.
Minnesota group fights opioid deaths by passing out free antidote

Minnesota group fights opioid deaths by passing out free antidote

The aim is to distribute up to 24,000 doses this year.
Minnesota Humane Society staff travels to Houston to bring back pets for adoption

Minnesota Humane Society staff travels to Houston to bring back pets for adoption

Humane Society staff will bring shelter animals from flooded areas in Texas.
Minnesota Red Cross sends volunteers and aid to Texas after hurricane

Minnesota Red Cross sends volunteers and aid to Texas after hurricane

Dozens from Minnesota helping hurricane victims.
On Franklin Avenue, a celebration of street life Sunday with Open Streets

On Franklin Avenue, a celebration of street life Sunday with Open Streets

A nearly 2-mile stretch between from Portland to 28th avenues S. will be closed to vehicle traffic so residents can explore and celebrate their neighborhood on foot, bike or skates.

7 hurt when car plows into Minneapolis butcher shop

A Honda punched a hole in the corner of Valerie's Carniceria on Nicollet Avenue, according to photos posted on social media.

Austin woman dies in house fire

Firefighters pulled her from the burning house, but she died at the scene, police said.
Suspect arrested in shooting of bystander in downtown Minneapolis

Suspect arrested in shooting of bystander in downtown Minneapolis

Tuesday night's gunfire was the latest to plague downtown.
Vikings launch new foundation aimed at kids' health, disparities

Vikings launch new foundation aimed at kids' health, disparities

New, more hands-on charity replaces the team's 39-year-old Vikings Children's Fund.

Record year for charitable gambling also means record taxes

Spending on nonprofit bar games rising dramatically.
New class of Minnesota business invests in doing good

New class of Minnesota business invests in doing good

Public-benefit corporations serve shareholders – and a greater good.
Books for Africa sends record 3.1 million books in a year

Books for Africa sends record 3.1 million books in a year

The number of books shipped by the St. Paul group jumped by 26 percent — nearly 636,000 books — in a year's time.
Animal Humane Society to close Buffalo shelter

Animal Humane Society to close Buffalo shelter

Officials say facility was 'underutilized,' and group is in good financial shape.
Minnesota mom works to take 'fear out of food allergies'

Minnesota mom works to take 'fear out of food allergies'

Peanut-free sports games, epinephrine in schools part of Nona Narvaez's advocacy work.
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