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James Dondero Helps The Family Place Reach Fundraising Goal

Based on a recent article posted by, the President and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero, announced that his firm awarded The Family Place, an organization that supports the victims of family violence, a $1 million challenge grant. With $200,000 raised from the organization and $100,000 matched from Highland Capital Management, only $2.8 million is needed to make $16.5 the million fundraising goal. Dondero made the announcement at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas where The Family Place’s 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon was being held.

With these funds The Family Place hopes to help over 2,000 victims that require their help yearly. This includes the addition of new emergency shelters for both humans and animals, educational sources for classrooms to prevent adolescent violence and on-site development centers for children. This grant will primarily be used for the construction of a new counseling center named after Ann Moody. It will include shelter bedrooms, clinics, a hotline center, counseling rooms, and assistance with job-training.The grant from the philanthropic department of Highland Capital Management is just one of the many tasks Dondero oversees at the Highland Dallas Foundation. Since he was young James Dondero had always had an interesting in finance. He graduated from the University of Virginia and the McIntire School of Commerce, earning a dual-degree in Finance and Accounting. Not long after he earned the right to be designated as a Chartered Financial Analyst.

James Dondero has worked over thirty years in the fields of finance and accounting. He first career was as analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984. In 1985 he began working as a Corporate Bond Analyst for American Express but transitioned to a Portfolio Manager by 1989. Between 1989 and 1993 he was the Chief Investment Officer at for American Utility Management. Now the President and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero is able to use his experience with equity markets, distressed investing, credit markets and high-yield investing to develop credit oriented solutions for both retail and institutional investors around the world. Outside of work Dondero is an avid philanthropist and holds a handful of fundraising events throughout the year. Also visit :

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