James Dondero is the president and the co-founder of Highland Capital Management. He started as an analyst in the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984. James Dondero attended the University of Virginia where he earned highest honors in Accounting and Finance. Dondero serves as the chairman of CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and Nexbank. James Dondero has been in the credit and equity markets for more than 30 years. Dondero has gained a lot of experience and skills. He once worked at American Express where he was a Corporate Bond Analyst before being promoted to Portfolio Manager. James also serves as a board member in different companies including MGM Studios and American Banknote.
James made an announcement that Highland Capital Management was awarding a one million challenge grant in support of the Family place in October 2016. The Family Place is a top organization that helps family violence victims. The award challenge grant was a contribution to raising the last 2.8 million dollars for its Legacy Campaign. James Dondero made this announcement at the 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards of the Family Place. This was during a luncheon that was held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The grant was given through the philanthropic arm of HCM, Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc.
The Family Place has gone on to raise further $200,000 in aide to the Legacy Campaign since James Dondero made the announcement. The main objective of the campaign is to raise $16.5 million, and there is $2.8 million required to achieve that objective. James Dondero said that Highland Capital Management is committed to helping in the eradication of family violence. He says that the company is ready to assist the community of Dallas in solving this critical issue. Dondero added that the firm was happy with what Family Place was doing. They were glad to be part of the life-changing Legacy Campaign.
The Legacy Campaign is aimed at the construction and operations of a Central Counseling Center in Dallas that will offer shelter and accommodation to family violence victims. The Counselling Center will be named in honor of Anny Moody.