James Dondero: Prominent Dallas Philanthropist and Investor

Prominent Dallas, TX hedge fund manager, co-founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management James Dundero, known locally for the successes of his firm’s portfolio management and investment advisory services, is giving generously to the lone star state’s charities and agencies through a wide-range of philanthropic efforts.

Through Highland Capital LP, Dondero provided $1 million to the Dallas Zoo earlier this year as a necessary component of the initiative to build the Hippo Hut, a 4500 square-foot, supporting private events and educational displays.

In October, 2016, the charitable division of the investment firm, the Highland Capital Foundation announced a $1 million challenge grant, matching 50 percent of all donations to The Family Place. As the largest provider of trauma support in the state, The Family Place gives counseling and shelter services for Dallas’ victims of violence.

Promoting the value of educational services to the residents of Dallas, TX, Dondero has provided key financial contributions meeting their ongoing needs.

The Perot Museum of Natural Science, supporting children’s understanding of mathematics, technology and science through hands-on programs, Uplift Education, the largest charter school network in North Texas, Education is Freedom, a provider of workforce training skills and internship facilitator and Southern Methodist University’s Capital Management Tower Scholars Program are among the educational beneficiaries of James Dondero’s philanthropy supporting Dallas’ academic causes.

Providing assistance to Dallas’ most vulnerable youth through a volunteer network of professional individuals and organizations, Highland provides contributions to Capital for Kids.

James Dondero supports the children of military personnel victims of fatal casualties in the line of duty through Highland’s donations to Snowball Express.

Encouraging the preservation of historical records, artifacts and promoting the legacy of the 43rd President of the United States, Dondero’s investment organization contributes to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute located in Dallas, TX.

About James Dondero

Co-Founder and CEO of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero has more than 30 years of equity market and credit experience.

Dondero began his career at American Express in 1985 and was quickly promoted to Portfolio Manager, overseeing $1 billion in fixed income funds. After leaving the consumer credit giant, Dondero joined Protective Life’s GIV subsidiary as Chief Investment Officer, growing the firm to $2 billion before his departure to found Highland Capital.

Dondero earned dual degrees in Accounting and Finance from The University of Virginia’s McIntyre School of Commerce.

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