Highland Capital Management, L.P., through its president Mr. James Dondero, pledged $1 million as a challenge grant towards supporting The Family Place. The pledge was made during The Family Place’s 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon in October last year. Highland Capital made the grant as a way of supporting The Family Place’s Legacy Campaign that sought to raise $2.8 million towards helping people affected by family violence within Dallas, Texas. James Dondero was one of the speakers at the event that went down at Hilton Anatole, a leading hotel in Dallas.
The Legacy Campaign
Highland Capital’s philanthropic donations are channeled through Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. and the grant to the Legacy Campaign was no different. The foundation’s input into the campaign went a long way in reducing the deficit to The Family Place’s $16.5 million target. According to James Dondero, the campaign was of paramount importance, especially because family violence threatens lives of many people in Dallas.
The Legacy Campaign received support from all quarters. Some administrators in Dallas, such as Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown mobilized all stakeholders in the region to support the campaign. The campaign also received a good reception, with the Dallas civic community joining hands to ensure that it ended on a high note. James Dondero was impressed by this gesture, saying that Highland Capital was proud to be associated with such a philanthropic society.
Pulling such a successful campaign within a year was not an easy task, something that James Dondero commended The Family Place for doing. His words were echoed by The Family Place’s CEO, Paige Flink, who added that the campaign was a good opportunity for the Dallas community to make an impact on other people’s lives.
More about James Dondero
James Dondero is a legend in equity markets. He was one of the two founders of Highland Capital Inc. in 1993, and he has since served as its president. Besides that, he is also chairman of CCS Medical, Nexbank, and Cornerstone Healthcare. James also sits on the boards of MGM Studios and American Banknote.
James Dondero did his business degree at the University of Virginia. Prior to founding Highland Capital, he worked with organizations, such as American Express, Morgan Guaranty, and Protective Life.