The estate of Sam Simon, co-creator of “The Simpsons” and a longtime animal lover and philanthropist, Tuesday announced the formation of a charitable foundation and a $1 million grant to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation will fund efforts to improve the treatment and welfare of animals, prioritizing support for animals in captivity, and will also support programs that provide pathways out of poverty by increasing access to education and employment in underserved communities in the Los Angeles region.

“Sam was deeply committed to philanthropy throughout his lifetime, and his legacy of giving lives on through the foundation’s work championing both human and animal rights,” said Julie Miller of the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation.

According to PETA, the $1 million grant will support the nonprofit’s work “to build empathy for animals through educational exhibits targeted towards young adults and children; the Sam Simon Animal Rescue Fund, an initiative responsible for quickly transporting a variety of animals from unsafe and cruel environments and placing them in sanctuaries, homes or other shelters; cruelty investigations, which will focus on the entertainment industry and animal agriculture; and the Sam Simon Investigations and Rescue Matching Challenge, an online fundraising initiative to generate new donors to PETA.”

Simon died on March 8, 2015, in Pacific Palisades of colorectal cancer. He was 59.

To learn more about the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, visit http://www.sscgf.org/.

–City News Service

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