The Dallas businessman and philanthropist James Dondero founder of Highland Capital Management L.P. and Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. continue to give back to his community and make Dallas a better place to live. Mr. Dondero started off his professional career at JP Morgan in 1984 after receiving two Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance. He continued his career in finance with positions at American Express and Protective Life’s GIC Subsidiary. In 1993, Mr. Dondero decided to start his own investment firm, he named it “Highland Capital Management, L.P.”. The company specializes in collateralized loan obligations, credit hedge funds, distressed and special situations private equity and long-only funds among other things. Since the founding of Highland Capital Management, L.P., it has grown immensely and now boasts offices in Seoul, Singapore, and New York along with its headquarters in Mr. Dondero’s hometown, Dallas, Texas. Visit Nexbank to know more about James.
James Dondero is not only a prominent businessman, he is also a generous philanthropist. He has been called, “Dallas’s Surprising Philanthropy Hero” and a “Dedicated Philanthropist Who Strives to Make an Impact” by various publications. His sizable philanthropy began in 2001 with a donation to the Dallas Zoo, from there it has ballooned to millions of dollars in donations to various charities that make Dallas a better place to live. Mr. Dondero and his company have donated to the Perot Museum of Natural Science, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, Uplift Education and the Snowball Express. Mr. James Dondero decided to create the Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc, which serves as Highland Capital Management’s philanthropic arm. Since the foundation’s creation, it has donated millions of dollars to various organizations through the Dallas area. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
One of the hallmarks of Mr. Dondero’s generosity and the Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. is its $1 Million Challenge Grant. This grant is a matching campaign where the Highland Dallas Foundation matches donations to a chosen nonprofit organization for up to $1 million. Organizations that have benefited from this grant include Snowball Express in 2014 and The Family Place in 2016.