James Dondero Announces $1M Challenge Grant for The Family Place

In a recent announcement, Financial powerhouse Highland Street Capital and its genius-in-Chief James Dondero made public the plans that the organization has put in place to help fud the remaining portion of the fund-raising campaign underway by The Family Place, the leader in the Dallas area serving victims of family violence. The fund-raising initiative, which is geared toward the completion of The Family Place’s Legacy Campaign, which is earmarked toward the construction of the Ann Moody Center, is now all but guaranteed to finish strong thanks to a 50% matching challenge grant which has been issued from Highland Street Capital through its Philanthropic arm The Highland Dallas Foundation.


The Ann Moody Center is a vital need expansion project for The Family Place which serves more than 2000 victims of family violence every year. The new center will provide not only counseling space, but also emergency shelter space in the form of 13 bedrooms. There will also be multiple private and group counseling rooms for adults and children, a centralized hotline/call center, a multi-purpose space for job-training programs, as well as a medical and dental clinic. It is a necessary expansion for the organization which provides much needed and highly important support for those who suffer from the effects of family violence in the greater Dallas area. The new center will also be the home of the organization’s new BE Program, which focuses on ending the cycle of bullying as well as the prevention of teen dating violence.


The announcement of the challenge grant from Highland Street Capital was made by James Dondero himself at The Family Place’s 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. The grant will match at 50% all funds raised from the announcement date of October 4, 2016 to the closing date of the campaign on April 4, 2017. This will ensure that the final $2.8M of the campaign is raised and that the program finishes well above its goals and on time.


This is just another example of how James Dondero works hard to give back to the community that he loves. Philanthropy is one of the driving forces in his life, and is the reason he started the Highland Dallas Foundation in the first place. His desire to give back started when he was at the university of Virginia, and continued throughout his time at American Express and GIC. Even in his professional life, he is dedicated to doing things to help others which is why he takes great pride in his role at Chairmen for Cornerstone Healthcare, and CCS Medical.


His expertise, which started with his education at the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce from which he earned dual degrees in both accounting and finance, and his later training in the Morgan Guaranty training program in 1984. He then turned that education into successful tenures with several high level financial corporations before starting Highland Street Capital in 1993 with co-founder mark Okada.


James Dondero believes that when a community comes together, they can get things done no matter how difficult it may seem at first. He is a leader who has both skill and heart. The Family Place is now going to be in a better position than ever before to provide their important lifesaving and changing work, and with people like James Dondero behind them, it’s only going to get better from here. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesdonderohcm


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