President of Highland Capital, James Dondero, announced his 1 million challenge grant to help the Family Place’s mission to assist victims of domestic violence. Highland Capital wants to help them raise the last 2.8 million for the Ann Moody Place. This new Counseling Center will serve 2,000 victims and house other programs, like the Be Project. The Be Project is about bullying prevention. Highland Capital initiated the challenge during the Family Place’s 21st annual Trailblazers Luncheon. The Highland Capital Foundation, the charitable part of Highland Capital, will match the funds of donations, up to 1 million.
The goal of the fundraiser is 16.5 million, and with only 2.8 million to go, the Family Place welcomed this donation. The Dallas Mayor and Police Chief welcome this assistance to help with this crisis plaguing Dallas. The Ann Moody Place will have 13 emergency bedrooms, a clinic for medical and dental needs, and a call center. Other spaces, like counseling rooms and training rooms, will be available also. An animal shelter will also be available for those who do not wish to leave their pets behind. The care the survivors of domestic violence will be receiving in this facility will be crucial to their outcomes.
Highland Capital is an SEC-registered investment firm, which manages about 16 billion assets. Founded by James Dondero and Mark Okanada, they are a large and experienced global investment firm. They are headquartered in Dallas, but they have offices globally, including New York, Singapore, and Seoul. They frequently reinvest in the Dallas community.