The financial industry is rife with people trying to make a difference in the world. The majority of those people are relatively focused on their clients and bottom line, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but some businesses focus even higher. Highland Capital Management was founded by current CEO James Dondero. Dondero and Highland Capital are focused on making a difference for their company as well as the communities that they serve. Highland Capital recently made an agreement with The Family Place in order to offer up a $1 million grant to help victims of domestic abuse.
The $1 million grant was developed by The Family Place and approved through the philanthropic extension of Highland Capital — Highland Dallas Foundation, INC. The grant will be focused on matching donations to The Family Place up until the $1 million mark is reached. Highland Capital will match 50% of each donation until they reach their target goal. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings was integral in calling for civic response to the problem of domestic abuse throughout the community. Rawlings partnered up with the Dallas Police Chief — David Brown in order to make this call all the more emphatic.
James Dondero is never afraid to put himself out there and that has been a keynote in his entire business career. Dondero says, “The civic community in Dallas gets things done.” Dondero went on to praise how The Family Place helped to develop the grant in order to get it approved. Dondero goes on to say, “We are proud to invest alongside many of the most generous and thoughtful in the community.” Dondero’s words are far from empty as his work within the community continues to get magnified in terms of its importance.
In terms of impact it is hard to really sum up how important The Family Place is to the Dallas region. The Family Place has served 225,000 clients since they opened their doors in 1978. Over the years the foundation has focused on giving shelter to over 20,000 women and children as well as men who also struggled with domestic abuse.