Highland Capital Management, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a financial firm that offers investment advice to its clients. In addition to its Dallas location, Highland Capital Management has affiliates located in São Paulo, New York, Seoul, and Singapore. The company is SEC-registered and, along with its affiliates, has about $15.4 billion in assets under management. The company specializes in alternative investments that are outside of the traditional stocks and bonds investments. The company’s clients include high-net-worth individuals, public pension plans, funds of funds, financial institution, governments, endowments, and foundations.
Highland Capital Management is committed to giving back to the communities in which its employees live. The company supports both national nonprofit organizations and local community charities. The ways in which it supports charities including volunteerism, financial donations, and members of the company sitting on the advisory boards of a number of not-for-profits. Highland Capital Management is particularly focused on veteran’s issues, healthcare, and education.
In 2014 the company issued $1,000,000 challenge grant for Dallas charity Snowball Express. The company matched money donated to this cause dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $1,000,000. Snowball Express helps children who have lost a parent serving in the military. The charity helps children throughout the United States with resources and support. Due to the match Snowball Express was given a total of $1.7 million in donations.
Another recent charity the company helped with is the Southern Methodist University (SMU) where Highland Capital Management used $2,000,000 to create the Endowed Tower Scholars Program. This program will provide gifted students the opportunity to experience public policy making at SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.
As Highland Capital Management now gives away over $3 million a year they partnered with the Dallas Foundation in order to manage their charitable givings in an organized fashion. The partnership, Highland Dallas Foundation, is managed by Linda Owen who has extensive experience in the nonprofit industry.