Sam Simon was a passionate and generous man. Throughout his life, Sam supported organizations and causes that furthered his philanthropic goals. The Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, which is funded by Sam’s estate, will further Sam’s legacy by making grants that seek to improve the lives of people and animals.

Our Mission

The Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation supports efforts to improve the treatment and welfare of animals and provide pathways out of poverty.

Our Vision

The Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation envisions a future in which:

All animals are treated with respect and are free from suffering and abuse

All individuals have access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential

Sam Simon

Sam Simon (June 6, 1955-March 8, 2015), best known as the co-creator of the television series The Simpsons, began his career as a cartoonist and a storyboard artist. Interested in art from a young age, he began writing, producing, and directing for TV, working on shows such as TaxiCheers, and The Drew Carey Show. For his television work, Sam received nine Primetime Emmy awards. He also won a Peabody Award for The Simpsons, and received the Writers Guild of America, West’s Valentine Davies Award for his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. Sam’s philanthropy brought him great joy in his lifetime. As an outspoken opponent of the mistreatment of animals, he helped rescue countless suffering animals and called attention to animal cruelty in zoos and circuses. Through The Sam Simon Charitable Foundation, his philanthropy continues to train rescue dogs to assist people with hearing impairments and combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, it established a mobile veterinary clinic which performs surgeries free of charge on domestic animals in underserved communities. Sam was also committed to serving people, and he established The Sam Simon Feeding Families Foundation to deliver vegan food to low-income families.