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Kimberly Pray

With an advanced degree in taxation and an interdisciplinary background in law, business, and non-profits, Kimberly’s practice includes taxation, estate planning, trust and estate administration, as well as advising businesses, tax-exempt organizations, and social enterprises.

What is your profession? How do you spend your days?

I am a tax lawyer with Catalyst Law, LLC and on any given day I have the opportunity to work with colleagues and our clients on complex issues, such as structuring new social enterprise ventures, advising nonprofit organizations regarding compliance issues, preparing estate planning documents, forming new companies, structuring business transactions, or representing tax controversy clients in disputes with the IRS or Oregon Department of Revenue.

 

What has inspired you to be an engaged philanthropist?

Philanthropy is changing in many ways, including increased interest in impact investing, crowdfunding, and an emphasis on developing sustainable revenue sources. These changes demand increased sophistication on the part of nonprofit organizations to access the changing sources of capital. I’m consistently inspired by our social enterprise clients as they navigate the new landscape, and appreciate the opportunity to use my professional skills and training to advance the goals of organizations making a difference in our community.

 

What do you value about Social Venture Partners?

I value the business model SVP uses to target venture philanthropy in the interest of a common goal, professionalize nonprofit organizations, and train the next generation of philanthropists. The leverage that an SVP investment provides to nonprofit organization secures valuable new sources of support to make a lasting difference in our community.

 

What do you want to accomplish in your next decade?

In the next decade, I look forward to working with my partners to build a law firm that reflects our values, supports our clients’ goals and dreams, and makes a meaningful impact in our community. I’m also deeply invested in raising my two young children as active and engaged citizens and hope to set a good example by maintaining a balanced and purpose-driven career.

 

Describe the most meaningful charitable gift of time or money you have made and why you made the gift.

After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Environmental Science, I returned to my home state of Oregon to serve as an AmeriCorps volunteer for a nonprofit organization in the Columbia River Gorge. My year of service introduced me to the challenges of translating science and fact-based evidence into practice at the local, state and federal levels. Although my original goal was to gain experience working with a domestic nonprofit before applying to the Peace Corps, I went on to serve as Executive Director of what is now the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute for another four years.