Linda Owen, the Dallas Civic Leader and President of The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation has partnered with James Dondero, Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management in an effort to provide a strategic direction for Highland’s charitable activities. This partnership will aid in the development of an elaborate plan to ensure that the funds given by Highland Capital Management towards charity make a positive impact in the society. Linda will be in charge of managing the funds as she will now be serving as the firm’s charitable giving manager. She will be working closely with The Dallas Foundation, an organization that manages Highland Capital Management’s dedicated charity funds.
During the unveiling of the partnership, James Dondero was quoted saying that as their philanthropic activities expand, they became aware of the need to have a professional dedicated to ensuring that the contributions make the greatest impact. He added that Linda has an impeccable track record that speaks for itself, and that she shares the company’s vision of making prompt and real change in the society.
Healthcare, supporting veterans and the Dallas community. Some of the local beneficiaries of Highland’s charity funds include the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Uplift Education, the Center for Brain Health, the Dallas Zoo, American Heart Association and Snowball Express, among others. Not only do these organizations benefit from the funds given to them but they also benefit from the guidance offered to them by James and a number of other executives from the company. This is because some of the company executives, including James, sit on the boards of these organizations.
James Dondero graduated with the highest honors (Beta Gama Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi) in accounting and finance from Mcintire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). James has over three decades experience in the credit and equity markets with a focus on high-yield and distressed investment. He also serves as chairman of CCS Medical, Nexbank and Cornerstone Healthcare.