Accepting The Challenge

Communities thrive off of the ability to manage its resources and govern the needs of its inhabitants. Members of a society brings different attributes to the environment in which they live. Some people hold great wealth and knowledge. There are others who are less fortunate and struggle to provide themselves with the simple necessities that make life comfortable.

Balance is obtained when those who have more decide to give to others who are in need of extra assistance. Efforts such as this bring an emotional lift to a community of people who feel they do not have equal opportunity.

James Dondero is a successful Dallas businessman who has continuously dedicated his time to the society he operates in. His philanthropic contributions have had a major impact on many different aspects of the community around him.

James Dondero is a founding member of Highland Capital Management. He launched the company in 1993. It now manages assets worth billions of dollars. The Highland Dallas Foundation was created to handle the philanthropic business of the company. According to PR Newswire, through the Highland Dallas Foundation James Dondero issued a one million dollar challenge.

The challenge simply states that it will match any contribution made by another donor up to the amount of one million dollars. The gesture by James Dondero is the result of a call to action by the mayor of Dallas. The city was in dire need of assistance to help with the many problems that plague it’s inner cities.

The money will go to expanding the operation of The Family Place. The Family Place is a program that assist families whose suffer from violence. It provides shelter, medical attention, an emergency hotline and job placement assistance for those who are ready to change their current circumstances.

James remains active in the Dallas community on many levels. His company is a long-time supporter of Southern Methodist University. Dondero was named to the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU.

The appointment is a result of Highland Capital Management’s relationship with the institution. The board meets several times throughout the year and is involved in every aspect of molding the business attributes of its students.

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