Co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management James Dondero has recently collaborated with Dallas civic leader Linda Owen to help place Highland Capital Partners on the right path to philanthropy. Owen is known for establishing effective and long lasting relationships with businesses in the Dallas area, and is deeply committed to bettering the community for all residents. She will act as charitable giving manager and work alongside The Dallas Foundation to manage the charitable giving fund that Highland Capital Partners has established. James Dondero felt the need to appoint a trusted and experienced candidate to better manage their charitable donations and philanthropic involvement and activities and saw no better fit than Owen herself. Highland Capital donates upwards of $3 million each year to charitable donations toward supporting health care, education and veterans.
Dondero is a widely respected businessman and philanthropist. He has extensive experience with credit, equity markets and distressed investing. Currently, Dondero is the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare and Nexbank. He is also a member of the American Banknote and MGM Studios Board of Trustees. Dondero studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Virginia and graduated with the highest honors. After graduation, in 1984, he began his career as a financial analyst as a participant in the Morgan Guaranty training program.
Aside from his business contributions, Dondero is heavily involved in bettering his community. Under his guidance Highland Capital Management made a $2 million donation to the Southern Methodist University Tower Scholars Program. The investment is the first in a series, as a part of the new partnership between Highland Capital Partners and Southern Methodist University. The program will help undergraduate students who perform well by providing scholarships and funding to help them achieve their educational goals. James places a high level on the importance of educational support and transformation, and is committed to helping improve the college experience for students throughout all stages of their college career.