It is almost difficult to believe the amount of good that James Dondero has done in the world. In fact, it is difficult to total it all up. This is because Jim has helped fund a lot of things that he believes in throughout the Dallas area. He has been able to do so because of his success with Highland Capital Management.
James Dondero and a partner founded Highland Capital Management in 1993 when this was not something that people did all the time. They felt strongly that they could do an investment fund better than the others who were currently attempting it. They did just that and then some. The fund grew to the point where it has billions of dollars under management at this point in time. That is how James Dondero has had the means to give away so much money.
The Dallas Zoo and the Dallas Symphony can both thank Jim for helping to keep them around and sustained. Financially speaking, neither of those things would still be around if not for the giving that Highland Capital Management has provided to them. James Dondero’s primary concern when making these donations is not that the non-profits do something back for him or that they honor and cherish him. Rather, he just wants to make sure that they are able to do the good work that they do without having to worry so much about financial concerns.
People in the Dallas area may not even be aware of all of the things that Jim has done to help keep their city culturally interesting and thriving. He has certainly played a lot of his role behind the scenes, but his role has been magnificently important in maintaining the vibe that Dallas gives off. It is important to recognize this and the many great works that Dondero has done simply because we want others to do the same.