The Family Place, a philanthropy dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence in Dallas, Texas, is attempting to raise $16.5 million for their Legacy Campaign. Only being $2.8 million shy of their mark, James Dondero of Highland Capital Management announced a $1 million challenge grant to help ensure the Family Place reaches their goal. It was at the Family Place’s 21st Trailblazers Award Ceremony which Dondero made the announcement. The challenge grant has been made through Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. which is the philanthropic division of Highland Capital. The money raised through the Legacy Campaign will be used by the Family Place to establish and maintain a counseling center situated in Central Dallas to help better support those victims of family violence. Through the $1 million challenge grant, Highland Dallas Foundation as already matched $100,000.
Prior to his successful career, James Dondero attended the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia where he double majored in Finance and Accounting. Beyond his formal education, Dondero also holds esteemed certificates as a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Management Accountant. Shortly before graduating from the University of Virginia, Dondero began his career at the Morgan Guaranty training program where he was accepted as an analyst in 1984. After his training, Dondero became involved with American Express between 1985 and 1989 where he held multiple positions such as a Corporate Bond Analysis and a Portfolio Manager.
In 1993, James Dondero and his partner Mark Okada founded Highland Capital Management. Since its inception, Highland Capital has grown into one of the most sought after managers in alternative credit. Dondero’s decades of experience in equity and credit markets have equipped him with the knowledge to guide Highland Capital towards their renowned success as acting President. Highland Capital Management has received multiple awards for their product and service offerings including hedge funds, mutual funds and much more. Dondero also holds position as Chairman for several companies including Nexbank and Cornerstone Healthcare. Besides his business endeavors, Dondero remains active philanthropically through his Highland Dallas Foundation extension of Highland Capital. James Dondero resides in Dallas, Texas with his family.