Aside from being well-known in the regional area of Dallas for his business and investment acumen, Mr. James Dondero’s life is also known for his many projects in charitable ventures, one of which being the Dallas Zoo.
James Dondero and His Philanthropic Endeavors
Having been forced to close down the hippo exhibit around 15 years ago when the only hippo died, the Dallas community found itself in a bind. However, thanks to the generosity of James Dondero, and more than a little help from the Highland Capital Management(HCM) group, more than $1 million found its way into the estimated $14 million project to build a 5,000-foot “Highland Capital Lodge” which gives hippo-lovers a panoramic view of the creatures. Needless to say, both Dallas and a new infusion of hippos are delighted.
Having stated at various times that he and his company want to help take Dallas into its future, James Dondero takes pride in promoting educational experiences for the general Dallas public that will both thrill and help educate the community in real-life wildlife conservation efforts.
In addition to a world-class zoo for the community, Dondero’s charitable pursuits take him into various other projects and initiatives. Organizations such as the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute, the Perot Museum of Natural Science, the Snowball Express, the Education is Freedom Charity, Uplift Education and the SMU’s Tower Scholars Program all have benefited from James Dondero and the HCM group’s focus.
Furthermore, Mr. Dondero also works with the Dallas Foundation in helping North Texas communities in converging with more donors and nonprofit groups in the areas of health, education, animal interests and community social services. In this unique gathering of interests, there will be a permanent full-time official in charge of giving guidance to many of the organizations supported by Dondero and the HCM organization.
About Highland Capital Management (HCM)
Founded in 1993 by Mr. James Dondero and Mr. Mark Okada, and headquartered in the city of Dallas, the Highland Capital Management(HCM) organization has a combined asset base of about $17 billion and offers HCM’s products in the realm of separate accounts, CLOs, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, REITs, ETFs and other investment vehicles.
Mr. Dondero is also Chairman of NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical and serves as a board member of American Banknote and MGM Studios.