In an interview with the , television writer-producer Sam Simon, who announced in May that he had been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, said he plans to donate nearly all his royalties as co-creator of The Simpsons to the and scale its work on behalf of dogs and people.
With an endowment of nearly $23 million as of 2011, the foundation distributes vegan groceries at no cost to individuals and families in need, rescues dogs from shelters and provides free spay and neuter programs, and trains rescued dogs to serve as companions for veterans and the hearing impaired. Simon, who still earns "tens of millions" a year from The Simpsons, told THR that he didn't know how much he had given to charity over the years, but that he plans to expand his philanthropic activities while he has time. "The Sam Simon Foundation is going to be very well endowed, and there's a lot of stuff I want them to do."
In addition to his own foundation, Simon has contributed to organizations such as ; , which in February named its headquarters the Sam Simon Center; and the , a global marine conservation organization that, in 2012, named one of the ships it uses to track illegal whaling and fishing operations the M/Y Simon.
Simon, who doesn't necessarily equate "the spirit of Hollywood" with a "spirit of generosity," is happy to admit that his own philanthropic work brings him pleasure. "I love it. I don't feel like it is an obligation. One of the things about animal rights, which is not the only thing I care about in this world, is that your money can bring success. I see results. There is stuff happening, really good stuff, every week. I'm not sure you get that with a lot of...charities."