James Dondero is not only a highly successful Dallas, Texas, based business man, but he is also a genuine humanitarian and philanthropist by heart. Aside from being the President and a Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management, Dondero has been recognized for his community centered love for Dallas and surrounding areas. Recently, Mr. Dondero donated $1 million to the Dallas Zoo to assist in the rebuilding of the infamous hippo habitat. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
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Over two decades ago, the Dallas Zoo’s beloved hippo, Papa, passed away and the zoo chose to completely close the hippo habitat. After years of letters and visitor’s complaints over the habitat’s closing, the zoo decided to rebuild and open the huge hippo area. After the generous donation, Highland Capital was recognized by Dallas Zoo with the lodge area featuring the company name, Highland Capital Lodge. The lodge area and new hippo habitat have attracted thousands of new Dallas Zoo visitors and with recent changes, the lodge can be used for private events.
Outside of running the hugely successful financial company, James Dondero holds the Dallas community in high regards and reaches out to assist in any way possible when necessary. Besides the donation to the Dallas Zoo hippo habitat, Dondero and Highland Capital Management have donated to the charity Education is Freedom, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Perot Museum of Natural Science. With assistance from Mary Jalonick, Dondero founded the Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. Jalonick serves as the chief financial officer of The Dallas Foundation and has helped Mr. Dondero with multiples of monetary donations to Dallas area charities and centers.
In recent years, James Dondero has gained another assistant in his philanthropic endeavors, Linda Owen, the former CEO of Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. Owen has helped Highland Capital achieve an issued $1 million challenge to benefit The Family Place, a Dallas domestic violence shelter. After a huge Mother’s Day event at the Dallas Zoo, The Family Place received extra donations to assist in their community activities. James Dondero has a true passion for the Dallas community where he resides and along with Highland Capital Management, he will continue to reach out and help in any way he can to see Dallas succeed! Follow James on Linkedin.