NET WORTH: $80 Million, estimated
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Actor, Director, Producer
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Arts & Culture
OVERVIEW: Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne do their grantmaking through the Douglas Foundation. The foundation's primary focus is improving "education and health, fostering the well-being, and most importantly developing new opportunities for the children." The Douglas Foundation also supports various health projects, funds human services outfits and more. Grant applications are available at the foundation's invitation or by referral from organizations it funds or is otherwise associated with. Preference is given to outfits in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
BACKGROUND: Born in 1916, Kirk Douglas is the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants and attended St. Lawrence University. Douglas was in the U.S. Navy, and later broke into film acting with The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Douglas went on to enormous acclaim in such films a The Bad and the Beautiful, Lust for Life, and Spartacus.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Douglases support Douglas' alma mater, St. Lawrence University in Upstate New York. They support the Presidential Diversity Scholarship at the school, which supports minority students. Grantmaking through the Douglas Foundation has involved outfits such as the University of Pennsylvania, Marymount of Santa Barbara, and Laguna Blanca School. UCSB, Michael Douglas' alma mater, is another Santa Barbara organization that has been funded. The couple also recently endowed the Kirk Douglas Fellowship at the American Film Institute to support graduate film students.
In addition, the couple runs the Anne & Kirk Douglas Recreation & Playground Awards, which helps schools improve and enhance their outdoor and recreational space. These awards have supported hundreds of schools. The couple has also been heavily involved with the Sinai Temple of Los Angeles and have created the Douglas Family Early Childhood Center.
HEALTH: Grantees include American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Motion Picture & TV Fund, which provides health care, financial services, and retirement living for entertainment industry professionals. Speaking of the Motion Picture & TV Fund, in honor of Douglas' 99th birthday, he recently gave $15 million to support an Alzheimer’s facility called the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion.
The couple also supports the Women's Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). Anne Douglas helped establish the fund. The couple also committed $2.3 million to Children's Hospital Los Angeles to be used for the purchase of a da Vinci robot for the hospital's division of pediatric urology in the department of surgery. The foundation has also supported the COACH program, which provides free medical aid, and the World Stem Cell Summit.
HUMAN SERVICES: The couple has bankrolled organizations such as United Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Barbara and L.A. Mission, where millions have gone. L.A. Mission is home to the Anne Douglas Center for Women, an "outreach and rehabilitation facility for women."
ARTS & CULTURE: Grantees include Center Theater Group, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and Palm Springs Art Museum.
LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY: Grants support local Los Angeles organizations such as Beverly Hills Police Officers' Association, Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library, KCET-TV, and KOCE/PBS So Cal.
LOOKING FORWARD: Centenarian Kirk Douglas shows no signs of slowing his philanthropy.