Highland Capital Management’s co-founder and current president James Dondero is as committed to his community as he is to his company. Holding dual Bachelor of science degrees Dondero studied accounting and finance at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. After working for JP Morgan Chase, American Express, and Protective Life James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management in 1993. The focus of this article will be on the good works Dondero and Highland perform in the company’s home city Dallas. Read more at Wikipedia about James Dondero.
The Family Place Grant Challenge
Family Place provides a safe haven and educational programs for those fleeing domestic violence. In 2017 James Dondero announced that up to $1 million Highland Capital would contribute $.50 for every $1.00 raised to build Ann Moody Place. Located in Central Dallas Ann Moody Place is a\ counseling center for victims of domestic violence. Highland Dallas Foundation the philanthropic branch of Highland Capital Management will oversee the grant.
Snowball Express Challenge Grant
Established in 2006 the Snowball Express serves Gold Star Families. Gold Star Families are the families of U.S. Military personnel who gave our country their “last full measure of devotion”. Moved by the story of a Gold Star Family named Eckert James Dondero committed Highland Dallas Foundation to support Snowball Express. In 2014 Highland Dallas Foundation raised $1.7 million for Snowball Express through a matching grants challenge.
Uplift Education, Capital For Kids, And Education Freedom
The organizations named in sub-heading are all educational initiatives for children. Highland Capital supports all three. Uplift Education provides college preparation courses for children from low-income families. In 2018 100% of Uplift’s students went on to college. With the help of Highland Capital and others, Uplift provided $84 million in scholarships. Capital For Kids is a mentoring program and Education Freedom provides scholarships for poorer students.
A dozen charities benefit from the generosity of James Dondero and Highland Capital Management. The American Heart Association and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation are among those charities. Museums supported by Highland Capital include the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Perot Museum of Science and Nature. Learn more about James Dondero at High Yield Credit.