Business Mogul and Philanthrophist: James Dondero

In early October 2016, James Dondero announced that Highland Capital Management had donated $1 million to help The Family Place. The Family Place is Dallas’s domestic abuse and family violence relief center. This grant was given through the philanthropic branch of Highland Capital Management, and they have also pledged to match 50 percent of any donations up to $1 million through the beginning of April in 2017. Since the original announcement was made in early October, The Family Place has raised an additional $200,000 with a match of $100,000 by Highland Capital Management.



The Central Dallas Counseling Center

Highland’s challenge grant ensures that The Family Place will reach its goal of raising $16.5 million. These funds will help The Family Place Legacy Campaign plan and build a new Central Dallas Counseling Center for families who have been touched by domestic violence. This counseling center will feature thirteen emergency beds, a medical and dental clinic, private and public counseling rooms, a call center with a hotline, and spaces for job and interview training. The Central Dallas Counseling Center will serve more than 2,000 victims per year, and provide relief to the other centers who are full. This center will also house the Be Project. The Be Project centers around the idea that teens are the most susceptible to bullying and dating violence, and they should be prepared if the situation ever arises. This program reaches more than 6,000 students each year, and there will be an on-site animal shelter for pets of families that are staying there.



James Dondero

Mr. Dondero attended the University of Virginia and graduated with honors, and a dual major in Accounting and Finance. He is also a Certified Management Accountant and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst title. James Dondero is the co-founder of Highland Capital Management Group, and he serves currently as its President. He has over 30 years of experience in the investment advisory field and focuses on high-yield investments. Mr. Dondero is very active philanthropically and is known to support initiatives in education, veteran’s affairs, and public policy.


James Dondero has shown that he is passionate about helping people succeed in their lives. He will continue to show a reputation for excellence and go above and beyond the ordinary for his clients.