Samuel Goldwyn Foundation Makes $6 Million Gift to MPTF

The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation is giving a $6 million gift to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

The money will establish The Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Center for Behavioral Health on MPTF’s Woodland Hills campus along with boosting the endowment fund at the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation Children’s Center in West Los Angeles.

The MPTF noted that the Goldwyn family is the single largest donor in MPTF’s 93-year history, contributing over $55 million.

“What is amazing to me is not just the legacy of extraordinary generosity from Sam and his family but the impact their giving has had on so many people in our industry,” said MPTF Foundation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg. “This new gift to the MPTF Campaign not only funds a new 12-bed behavioral health unit on our campus but also ensures the Children’s Center will continue to thrive in the years ahead.”

MPTF president and CEO Bob Beitcher said Samuel Goldwyn, Sr. served as a volunteer in 1932 when the Motion Picture Relief Fund (now MPTF) could not afford a staff. “Years later, Sam Jr. and the Goldwyn Family continue this wonderful legacy of supporting the needs of the entertainment community,” he added.

The 12-bed Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Center for Behavioral Health will be affiliated with UCLA Health. It is scheduled to open this month.

The new gift is part of the $350 million MPTF Campaign, launched in 2012 and chaired by Katzenberg and George Clooney. The campaign has raised $325 million in commitments to date, including $30 million each from Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Steve Bing and Barry Diller.

The move comes nearly six years after the MPTF’s January 2009 announcement that rising costs amid the recession would force it to shutter its long-term care unit. But the MPTF restructured, brought in Beitcher in 2010, began admitting new patients in 2012 for the first time in three years and contracted to run MPTF’s six outpatient health centers under the UCLA umbrella.

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