"This foundation is established on the premise of fostering specific encompassing principles exemplified in the lifelong values of George and Cynthia Mitchell and dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by nurturing creative and scientific solutions to human and environmental problems, with integrity and compassionate respect for the individual and his natural surroundings, intolerance of prejudice, and an emphasis on the value of education and moral uplift."
-Cynthia Woods Mitchell, 1996

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation was established on the premise of fostering principles exemplified in the lifelong values of the late Cynthia Woods Mitchell and George P. Mitchell.

They were both raised as children of meager means who, throughout their lives, believed in giving back to the community that made their success possible and lending a hand to the less fortunate struggling to reach their potential.

As their fortunes grew in the energy business, they shared a vision that the majority of the wealth that they had created would be dedicated to making the world a more hospitable and sustainable place. 

Cynthia spent a lifetime supporting the arts, educational initiatives, and humanitarian issues that focus on the disadvantaged.

George was a renaissance businessman and entrepreneur known for the economic revitalization of his hometown of Galveston, his keen interest in science, and his passion for seeking sustainable solutions to complex problems. 

As the foundation has evolved, issues related to sustainability have come to represent the foundation’s true north, with the growing identification of sustainability as both a process and a goal to ensure long-term human and ecosystem well-being.

The Texas-based foundation currently lends its voice to the ongoing dialogue and debate in several sustainability-related grantmaking programs, including Clean Energy, Land Conservation, Sustainability Education, Subsurface Energy, and Water.

The foundation also funds and operates programs for Cook’s Branch Conservancy and Galveston, and makes select grants to various other organizations that reflect the legacy, values, and vision of Cynthia and George Mitchell.

Cynthia and George Mitchell in Galveston.

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