Education and Opportunity
As children of humble origins, George and Cynthia Mitchell's personal experiences taught them that the combination of a stable home life, a nurturing community, and a good education are vital to opening doors to opportunity and elevating people to fulfill their potential.
In their personal, professional, and philanthropic lives, they have assisted countless families struggling to raise children through tough times and they have put scores of young adults through college and graduate school. Though never a spoken preference, in their pattern of generosity Mrs. Mitchell usually favored the healthy household environments and pre-K through 12th grade education of young children and teens, while Mr. Mitchell emphasized the importance of higher education.
In recent years the foundation's philanthropic efforts in the area of Education and Opportunity have focused on Galveston, Mr. Mitchell's hometown. The philanthropy has been directed by Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell's daughter, Sheridan Lorenz.