In his youth, poverty was all too familiar to Kirk Douglas, the son of immigrants who migrated from Russia early in the 20th century to seek a better life. Anne Douglas was born into privilege in Hannover, Germany, until the Second World War divided her family and turned privilege into hardship.
Kirk and Anne Douglas were destined to find one another and in their own way share their experiences with those around them. Through Kirk Douglas’s success in the film industry, they found themselves looking to do more than simply live as celebrities. They wanted to give back – not only in thanks for their many blessings, but as a means of teaching their children and grandchildren the lessons they had learned.
Their son, Peter Douglas, as Douglas Foundation Managing Trustee, has inherited this responsibility and is charged with building on this base. Aside from a successful career in the entertainment industry, he has given nine years’ service to the Big Brothers of America, spent ten years on the Board of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and is now fulfilling the duty passed on to him by his parents.
The Douglas Foundation’s principal goal is to help those who cannot otherwise help themselves. Its primary focus is improving the education and health, fostering the well-being, and most importantly developing new opportunities for the children who hold our future in their hands. Recognizing the crisis in health care today, the Douglas Foundation also lends its support to medical research, equipment, and programs within the health system that strive to enhance the quality of care in local communities.
With offices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California, the Douglas Foundation believes its primary obligation is to focus on local needs.