LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen are each donating $30 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund Campaign to support Hollywood-related charitable programs and health services, it was announced today.
The MPTF — which has a fundraising goal of $350 million — provides financial assistance and health services and programs for, among others, seniors and those who care for them.
Along with the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, a retirement home in Woodland Hills for union and non-union members of the entertainment community, the charity funds other health centers, and various forms of assistance and counseling.
The donations by DreamWorks SKG co-creators Spielberg, Katzenberg and Geffen were announced by actor George Clooney, an MPTF board member and co- chair of the campaign.
The three “are each legendary for their philanthropy and individually have made immeasurable impact on charities and organizations ranging from arts and culture, health care, education, film preservation and social services in our Hollywood community and around the nation,” Clooney said. “And now for them to make this unified commitment to MPTF only adds to that incredible record of generosity.”
The $90 million committment will go toward securing the charitable operations of the fund in the future, said Katzenberg, chairman of the MPTF Foundation.
“Hopefully, with this gift, MPTF will get even closer to reaching its ambitious goal for its endowment campaign,” Katzenberg said.
Spielberg said the MPTF was especially meaningful “when someone you know or have worked with is cared for at `the Home’ or a crew member is helped financially by MPTF.”