James Dondero: Transforming Dallas’ Corporate Philanthropy Landscape

February 6, 2019
By Rel

The reopening of Dallas Zoo’s Hippo Outpost was the product of generous contribution from well-wishers including corporate leaders who donated the $14 million the zoo required for the project. One name, however, will remain etched in the memory of visitors to the famous hippo sanctuary: James Dondero. Through his investment company, Highland Capital Management, Mr. Dondero donated $1 million towards the rebuilding project; a feat that was honored by the zoo by naming a section of the state-of-the-art sanctuary Highland Capital Lodge. It was a befitting recognition for Jame Dondero who has played a significant role in shaping the corporate philanthropy landscape in Dallas since moving into the city in 1994. Read more about James Dondero at Nexpoint Advisors.

Since settling in Dallas, James Dondero has engaged in a wide array of philanthropic initiatives by donating funds and playing a vital role in founding others. He was at the forefront of the crafty $1 million challenge grant issued by Highland Capital Management to aid in raising funds for The Family Place; a charitable organization dedicated to offering accommodation and counseling to victims of gender-based violence in Dallas. Read more at Wikipedia about James Dondero.

Mr. James Dondero’s dedication to charitable giving has also seen him partner with Linda Owen with the view of identifying causes and charities working within local Dallas communities that deserve financial support. This dedication saw Highland Capital Management partner with Southern Methodist University to create a $2 million scholarship program targeting undergraduate students with exceptional abilities in various disciplines. He has also supported other charities and causes including veterans’ affairs and at-risk children’s education and protection initiatives.

James Dondero is a seasoned corporate leader and financial expert with over thirty years serving in the industry. He joined the financial services industry as a trainee analyst at J.P. Morgan after graduating from the University of Virginia. By the time he was co-founding Highland Capital Management in 1993, he has worked for various firms including American Express.

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