Douglas Foundation Announces $50 Million in Gifts

Actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, have announced gifts totaling $50 million through their foundation to five nonprofit organizations and institutions, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Gifts were awarded to institutions with which Douglas, 95, and his wife have had longstanding relationships, including a theater in Culver City run by the Center Theatre Group the actor helped establish in 2004; an Alzheimer's and dementia care unit at the Motion Picture and Television Fund named after Douglas's father, Harry Deminsky; the Anne Douglas Center for Women in Los Angeles; and the Sinai Temple, which is home to the Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Center.

The foundation also gave $5 million to St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, from which Douglas graduated in 1939, in support of the Kirk Douglas Scholarship fund. With the gift, the scholarship program, which assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds with academic promise and which previously had been available only to juniors and seniors, will be opened students in all grades.

"Anne and I are of one mind in our philosophical approach to philanthropy," said Douglas. "We believe caring is sharing."

"Kirk Douglas to Give More Money to Kirk Douglas Theatre." Los Angeles Times 07/30/2012. "Kirk Douglas '39 Gives $5 Million to Scholarship at St. Lawrence University." St. Lawrence University Press Release 07/29/2012.