About the Foundation
The Texas-based Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, with offices in Austin and The Woodlands, is a mission‐driven grantmaking foundation that seeks innovative, sustainable solutions for human and environmental problems. The foundation works as an engine of change in both policy and practice in Texas, supporting high-impact projects at the nexus of environmental protection, social equity, and economic vibrancy.
Since its incorporation in 1978, the late George P. Mitchell and Cynthia Woods Mitchell, and the foundation, have distributed or pledged more than $400 million in grants to myriad causes, programs, and institutions.
Current grantmaking programs focus on initiatives related to Water, Sustainability Science, Clean Energy, and Natural Gas Sustainability.
The foundation also supports Cook’s Branch Conservancy, the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, and other issues and organizations that reflect the values and vision of Cynthia and George Mitchell.
On December 7, 2010, George joined the Giving Pledge sponsored by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates. In doing so, he made public Cynthia's and his long-held private intent that the majority of their wealth would be donated to philanthropic initiatives.