James Dondero is the kind of man who others should take a lesson from. It is rare for someone of such success and privilege to be so generous to those who are less fortunate, especially on a local level. James Dondero has given millions of dollars to local charities over the last few years, most notably he has been instrumental in the completion of the capital funding campaign for The Family Place and their 16.5 building fund. This is just the most recent act of giving for a man who started his career humbly.
James Dondero started out as a Corporate Bond Analyst for American Express. After a short time of great success, he was moved to more responsibility when he was made Portfolio Manager for more than $1B in fixed income assets. He left AmEx in 1989 to move on to other opportunities, which eventually led to him starting his own firm, Highland Street Capital. With the success of highland street capital Dondero has been able to help the good of the greater community by establishing the Dallas Highland Foundation. Most of his giving has been through the foundation, with the most recent act of generosity being the assistance given to The Family Place in their efforts to complete their capital funding campaign for expansion and future development projects.
In addition to this James Dondero has also given generously to other area, and national charitable foundations, including Education is Freedom, The Dallas Zoo, The Perot Museum of natural Science, and The Capital for Kids Organization. In addition, he is also very active in the board of directors of several major companies including NexBank, Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical at which he serves at Chairmen for the companies. He also sits on the board in other capacities at American Banknote and MGM Studios.
He is an active supporter of initiatives in education, public policy, and veterans’ affairs. He has been called upon by the administration of both the State of Texas and the United States to consult on important matters more than once. He is an award-winning scholar, and holds degrees and certifications as a CPA, CFA, and CMA.
James Dondero is a man who has a passion for giving back to the community. He is a great example of those who have been blessed with success and find a way to share that blessing with those less fortunate.