The mark of a good man is not only being able to be successful financially and corporately, but also have a social conscious and be generous to the community around him. One man who fits this description is James Dondero, co-founder of Highland Capital Management, L.P., alongside Mark Okada in 1993. James Dondero is not only the co-founder, but he is also currently president of the company.
In October 2016, James Dondero announced his company, Highland Capital Management, L.P., was awarding a one million dollar challenge grant to The Family Place. This means the philanthropy department of Highland Capital Management will match up to one million dollars of funds raised from then to April of 2017. This was a grant in hope to help The Family Place in the Legacy Campaign. The Legacy Campaign had a goal of raising a total of sixteen and a half million dollars.
The Family Place is a family service provider in Texas that works with victims of domestic violence and to help educate people to work toward prevention of violence in the first place. Since its conception in 1978, The Family Place has helped thousands of women and children and men, and helped educate youth to prevent family violence and teen bullying.
James Dondero, in his award speech, proclaimed that this grant was an answer to the major of Dallas’ call for corporations to help their communities become better and safer. As a resident of Dallas, Dondero is an involved member of the community and his company. His company, Highland Capital Management has pioneered its way in the credit and equity markets thanks to the expertise of James Dondero and his excess of 30 years in the industry. In addition to running a major and diverse business, he is also Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, and Nexbank and is on the boards of American Banknote and MGM Studios. He constantly looks for ways to be involved in a huge variety of companies and spreads his knowledge and business savvy to all the areas he can provide incredible leadership in his community.