James Dondero’s Contributions to the Legacy Campaign of the Family Place

The Texas-based Family Place is a large agency specializing in helping family violence victims. The organization arrives at this aim by utilizing effective intervention, proactive prevention, and extensive community education advocacy as well as supporting families of victims besides the victims themselves. Recently, the agency embarked on a mission to raise $16.5 million to support the construction of a central family violence in Dallas, Ann Moody Counselling Center.


The Family Place required raising $2.8 million to achieve its target in the drive. On October 4, the co-founder and President of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero, made a timely announcement of a $1 million challenge grant with the aim of matching 50 percent of the amount collected towards the fund drive until April 4, 2017. James Dondero made this profound announcement at a Hilton Anatole-held luncheon in Dallas, Texas. This was during the 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards of the Family Place.


The James Dondero-announced grant will be offered through the philanthropic unit of Highland Capital Management, the Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. David Brown, the Dallas Police Chief, and the Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlins, made a call to action requesting the Dallas community to make positive contributions to solving the family violence menace. According to James Dondero, his firm was proud to be part of such a fundamental initiative and acknowledged The Family Place for their constant efforts in the Dallas area.


James Dondero has served in the credit and equity markets for more than three decades. He has mainly focused his effort in high-yield investment as well as distressed investment. He attended the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. At the institution, James earned dual majors in Accounting and Finance. He made his career debut in 1984 as an analyst with the Morgan Training Program while still in college. He has additionally served as a portfolio manager with the American Express.


In 1993, James Dondero co-founded Highland Capital Management alongside Mark Okada. The investment company is SEC-registered and manages nearly $19million in assets. The company features an extensive reputation for being among the few enjoying the services of James who is a leader in Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) and an experienced international alternative credit manager. James Dondero is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).


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