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James Dondero Strives to Make an Impact

James Dondero has proven himself to be a great philanthropist as well as business person. After graduating college with 2 Bachelors degrees, he went on to study he went on to study accounting and finance at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. In 1984 he landed his first job in finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. James Dondero went on to found his own company in 1993, Highland Capital Management. Read more about James Dondero at

James Dondero, in addition to running a very successful business, has committed himself to bettering his Dallas community through his philanthropy. Most notably he donated $1 million dollars to the Dallas Zoo to rebuild their hippopotamus habitat which had been shutdown since 2001 after an elderly hippopotamus passed away.

James Dondero has also donated money to help the Perot Museum of Natural Science and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute. He also helps out Uplift Education and the Snowball Express. James Dondero, through his work with the Highland Dallas Foundation Inc., has been able to commit more than $3 million annually to his philanthropic budget. This has allowed for grants and support to veterans, educational needs, health care concerns and various civic organizations in the North Texas Area.


More recently, he was able to provide a $1 million challenge grant to The Family Place, a shelter for men who are victims of domestic violence. He hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch at the Dallas Zoo to raise funds for The Family Place.

James Dondero has shown that not only is he committed to his business but also making the Dallas community a better place. Visit to know more about him.