James Dondero’s contributions to the Greater Dallas community
For over 33 years, James Dondero has been a leader in the credit and equity markets industry. Since founding Highland Capital in 1993, he has grown the company into one of the world’s largest and most respected alternative credit management organizations. In 2017, Highland Capital handled over $14 billion in assets under management and was listed by Pensions & Investments as one of the Best Places to Work in Money Management. Follow James on Linkedin.
Mr. Dondero bases his world operations here in the Greater Dallas area. Along with his ongoing efforts to grow Highland Capital, he has worked to improve our community with his philanthropic efforts. The list of non-profit organizations that he and Highland Capital have contributed to includes many local high profile institutions such as The Perot Museum of Natural Science, The Tower Scholars Program at SMU, and Education is Freedom. In 2016, Mr. James Dondero offered a $1 Million challenge grant to The Family Place which works with victims of family violence in our community.
The goal of the challenge was to encourage fellow philanthropists to donate to Family Place’s 2016 campaign goal of $16.5 Million. In 2017, thanks to a huge effort largely spearheaded by Mr. Dondero, the Dallas Zoo opened a brand new 2.1 acre hippopotamus exhibit. It includes a 24 x 8 feet viewing window, allowing guests to view the hippos in their natural habitat inside a 120,000 gallon watering hole. The Highland Hippo Hut is located adjacent to the exhibit and provides for special education displays with information about the animals and provides space for private events. Read this article at barrons.com.