Investment in Philanthropy: James Dondero

When James Dondero started out his career by graduating from the University of Virginia and beginning his career with JP Morgan in 1984, he knew that he had a heart to serve the community and a drive to succeed. He graduated with high honors from the McIntire School of Commerce with degrees in both accounting and finance. Visit to know more about James.

Early on, he joined the JP Morgan team as an analyst and a year later became corporate bond analyst and portfolio manager at American Express. After his time with American Express, from 1985 to 1989, he was part of a team that created the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life and during that time, took the fledgling company from a concept to a $2 billion dollar entity. From there, he founded Highland Capital Management, an investment firm that specializes in various credit strategies. Highland has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in Finance in 2015 and 2017. Visit to know more about James Dondero.

Success is not the only driver for James Dondero. He is also a dedicated community servant and has donated millions of dollars to Dallas-area non-profit organizations and charities. He knows the value of education for Dallas-Fort Worth residents and their families, and much of his philanthropy has been geared toward teaching young people the skills that will get them far in life. Some of his charities include Uplift Education whose goal is to fund public schools and empower students to reach their fullest potential, Gary Sinise Foundation, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Capital for Kids, the Dallas Zoo and the American Heart Association.

James Dondero continues his work not only for the investment community in the Dallas area, but for families and community members alike. His list of partnerships and charities continues to grow as he helps spread knowledge and experience to the next generation and beyond.


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