Kirk Douglas, wife announce $50 mil pledge

Money from Douglas Foundation will help support variety of nonprofits

Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, have announced a total of $50 million of pledges to five nonprofit organizations through the Douglas Foundation.

The gifts will support the Harry’s Haven Alzheimer’s unit at the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement home and hospital in Woodland Hills; the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles Mission; the Center Theater Group’s Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City; the Sinai Temple in Westwood; and the Kirk Douglas Scholarship fund at St. Lawrence University.

The amount of the pledges was not disclosed other than $5 million to St. Lawrence, which is Douglas’ alma mater.

Douglas grew up in Amsterdam, N.Y., and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in English in 1939.

Kirk and Anne Douglas founded the Los Angeles-based Douglas Foundation in 1964 to focus primarily on health and educational programs.

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