When Highland Capital Management was co-founded by James Dondero in 1993, the firm was established from humble beginnings and very few assets. Today, Highland Capital Management’s presence in the financial world is unmatched. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the firm would bestow a $10 million endowment to the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. Visit Patch.com to know more about James.
— James Dondero (@JamesDondero) August 14, 2018
In January, Highland Capital Management decided to continue its legacy of giving back to the community, as it has done for 20 years. The endowment will be used to sponsor an exciting and inventive series for the George W. Bush Presidential Center called, “Engage at the Bush Center, presented by Highland Capital Management.” The series began on February 5, 2018, and will bring together foremost authors, thought-provoking leaders, newsmakers, and change-makers, to have meaningful discussions. James Dondero, who is also the firm’s President, stated “We are impressed by the Bush Center’s national influence and impact in our community…Events like the ‘Engage Series’ foster important dialogue regarding pressing policies.”
In a competitive business environment, leaders are often seen as people who will topple over other companies to get an edge on the competition or to be rewarded for an accomplishment. Typically they will choose any means to justify the end for the business practices. However, when it comes to James Dondero and Highland Capital Management, it’s a completely different story.
James Dondero saw an opportunity to assemble a series with a great cause and willingly sought to collaborate with the Bush Center in order to signify that there is a great deal at stake in our society. As a philanthropist in the Dallas community with organizations such as “The Family Place,” a safe refuge for those who have suffered from family violence and abuse, James was instrumental with Highland Capital Management facilitating a $1 million grant to the organization. He also supports the education system through organizations like “Education is Freedom” and “Uplift Education.”
The commencement for Engage at the Bush Center, presented by Highland Capital Management, included a discussion by the late Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia’s son, Christopher Scalia. The discussion was based around the co-authored book by Justice Scalia, “Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived.” Christopher was credited with editing the book as one of nine of Justice Scalia’s children. The discussion was moderated by Evan Young, a former clerk for Justice Scalia. Evan Young was also appointed in 2006 by President Bush to serve as the council to the U.S. Attorney General. The premise for the discussion was about speeches given by Justice Scalia, which included principled ideas regarding being the arbiter on the bench. Visit highlandfunds.com to know more about James Dondero.
Another discussion included respected journalists who gave eye-opening dialog regarding the facts within journalism and the impact of “alternative facts” within social media derived information. The relevant discussion, which showed promise for a part-two, was supreme for deciphering solid and accurate data for facilitating authentic information to the public.
Since 2012, Highland Capital Management has contributed over $5 million to the George W. Bush Presidential Center.