James Dondero’s Corporate Heart has Compassion

In 1993, James Dondero founded Highland Capital Management. Like many finance companies, Highland Captial is an SEC-registered investment advice company. It’s one of the top investment advisers in the United States. Together, including its many affiliates, the company has an estimated $16 billion worth of assets under its management.

The firm works with many different client types, including public pension plans, high-funded foundations, large endowments, Fortune 500 corporations, renowned financial institutions, fund of funds, domestic and foreign governments, and high-net-worth persons.

James was able to build such a successful company by using his 30-plus years of experience. He’s known he’s wanted to be an analyst since he was accepted into a training program run by Morgan Guaranty.

James Dandero was accepted into the program the same year he earned dual majors from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. According to PR News Wire, James Dandero earned on both majors in Accounting and Finance.

This past October, Highland announced that it was awarding a $1 million challenge grant to The Family Place. The grant is designed to help The Family Place reach their fundraising goal of $16.5 million. Much of the money has been raised over the past year, and Highland just wants to ensure that The Family Place can finish out their fundraising strong.

The Legacy Campaign is only $2.8 million away from reaching its goal of $16.5 million. Highland Capital Management has promised to match 50 percent of any funds donated, up to $1 million, from now until the campaign ends.

In the short amount of time since Highland announced its challenge grant, The Family Place has received $200,000 toward their campaign goal.

James decided to extend a philanthropic hand and help the Dallas-based foundation after hearing a call to action by Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown. The foundation offers support and provides services, like therapy and shelter, to families that are victims of family violence.