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James Dondero Giving Back To Dallas

Dallas Texas is thriving thanks to the help of philanthropists like James Dondero and his charity team at Highland Capital Management. James Dondero has been climbing the corporate ladder ever since earning his Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce. In 1993, James became the President and Co-founder of Highland Capital Management, an alternative investment firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Being that Dallas is also his hometown and a city he has an immense passion for, James knew he wanted to do more than sit on his wealth. Every year, James sets aside $3 million in the company budget so that his team can find initiatives in the city that require support. The Perot Museum of Natural Science and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute are just two of the institutions that have benefitted from the donations of James Dondero and his team at Highland Capital Management. Visit his website at


As you might have sensed, James seeks out initiatives in Dallas, and other areas of Northern Texas, that promise to give something of value back to the people living in their community. They can offer educational or health care improvement or any other civic organization that would benefit from support. An example of such an organization is The Family Place, a shelter and a haven for men in the area that have fallen victim to domestic violence. Housing is close to medical care, and also offers a 24-hour crisis hotline that always has a compassionate ear waiting to help. Another recent example of Mr. Dondero’s giving nature is the $1 million donation given to the Dallas Zoo so that they could start to rebuild their hippo habitat. Nearly two decades ago, the Dallas Zoo suffered the loss of their last living hippo, Papa. The management team had the difficult decision of what to do with his enclosure, and so it was shut down. However, thanks to the help of James Dondero and some of his philanthropist friends in Dallas, the Zoo received the necessary $14 million to reopen the habitat, and the visitors could not be happier! Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.