James Dondero is a known leader in the Dallas community supporting prominent leaders, Mike Rawlings and Former Police Chief David Brown. He runs one of the largest investment management firms, Highland Capital Management in the United States serving as President. When work hours are over, he’s busy offering his time and financial contributions to non-profits to benefit shelters for men and woman, education initiatives, and the local community. It is his passion to help families by giving them access to beds, necessities, and the proper skills to start a new life with stability. His dedication inspired Kenny and Joyce Goss, Co-Chair of The Family Place to select him as the Honorary Chair.
The shelter is the biggest in the North Texas area offering over 170 beds at men and women shelters and counseling for domestic violence victims. James Dondero worked with Mr. Rawlings and Mr. Brown to help with forming a solution that addresses violence between partners in the community. The Family Place is a solution for helping a reasonable percentage of victims in the Dallas community. They have access to secured housing, skill training, and mentoring for building independence and confidence. For four decades, the shelter helped hundred thousands of children, men and children.
In the 1980s, James Dondero started a career as an analyst and portfolio manager at JP Morgan and American Express. He experienced enormous success when he co-found Highland Capital Management in Dallas, Texas, in the early 1990s. The Family Place is one charity he devotes to helping raise funds for its annual operations. Dondero attended the 2018 ReuNight Event with other donors in the community on November 8th and had an evening enjoying cocktails, dinner, and a live auction. For a special Christmas occasion, he gave $15,000 of his earnings in gift cards to the shelter for the parents and children.