James Dondero is a man who has been blessed with success and good fortune. He is one of the most respected business leaders in the country and is frequently called upon for his expertise in financial matters by those who are considered to be the most influential movers and shakers in corporate American and government. He is also the co-founder and president of the highly respected Highland Capital Management, LP. With all of that being said he is also something else as well. He is a man who is dedicated to giving back to this great community in Dallas.
James Dondero is committed to helping to make the great city of Dallas even better by helping to fund a wide variety of non-profits and charitable organizations all over the greater DFW area. In the last few years he has given millions to organizations which work hard to make Dallas a great place to live for all citizens now and in the future. Just a few of the organizations that he has helped include Education is Freedom, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Perot Museum of Natural Science.
Highland Capital Management and James Dondero have donated $1M to the Dallas Zoo to help build the new Hippopotamus habitat, which was named in honor of the organization as the Highland Hippo Hut. HCM has also donated at the behest of James Dondero over $2M to SMU to help fund the educations of outstanding and deserving students who are studying in programs that offer exposure opportunities in the area of public policymaking as well as opportunities to participate in study-abroad initiatives, and to allow access to key global leaders, as well as meaningful senior-year internship programs.
Most notably has been Dondero’s involvement with The Family Place, which he and HCM have recently helped to complete their capital investment campaign for their newest facility expansion. Last year Dondero announced that Highland Capital Management was issuing a challenge grant of $1M to help bring the campaign to a successful close. The campaign was set to garner $16.5M for the construction of a new facility to help expand the organization’s outreach to children, teens, and those in need or at risk.
James Dondero has been able to use the success that he has gained through his career and Highland Capital Management to find new and innovative ways to help grow and improve the community here is Dallas and the greater DFW area. He is a great example of what we should all strive to be, a person who give more to the community than we ask for in ourselves.
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