Los Angeles | Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Kirk and Anne Douglas have made a sizable donation to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Board member and chairman of the MPTF Foundation Jeffrey Katzenberg announced the Douglas’ $20 million donation to the $350 million MPTF Campaign on Monday.
The Dreamworks CEO said: “When it comes to philanthropy, there is no one who I have admired more or learned more from than Kirk Douglas and so to be able to make this announcement today with Anne and Kirk is such a great privilege for me. MPTF has had no greater friends than the two of them.”
The 95-year-old actor explained his extravagant donation, saying: “When Anne and I were deciding how much to give to MPTF this year, we looked again at the wide range of services the Fund provides. Then we doubled our pledge! Of course, my very persuasive friend Jeffrey Katzenberg gave us lots of encouragement. We will expand Harry’s Haven, our Alzheimer’s unit, with a portion of the new donation. And I’m sure the Board will use the rest where it is most needed.
“You know, I believe that giving to others is selfish, because the giver gets so much pleasure from it. I hope Anne and I inspire many more selfish acts of this kind, especially from the younger generation of entertainment professionals.”