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The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

http://cgmf.org/p/funding.html

Overview

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. For many decades before their passing, Cynthia and George Mitchell planned to leave most of their wealth to charity. When George signed the Giving Pledge sponsored by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, he made public their long-held private intent that the majority of their wealth would be donated to philanthropic initiatives. The foundation is dutifully and purposely committed to carrying out George and Cynthia’s philanthropic legacy—supporting the issues and organizations that reflect their values and vision.  The foundation is undergoing a transition and is in the midst of a vigorous planning process that will span the next few years. During this transition, our Water, Clean Energy, Shale Sustainability, Sustainability Education, and Cook’s Branch Conservancy programs will continue to operate as they have for the past several years. However, beyond these already established programs, we do not anticipate creating new programs or funding additional program areas until 2019. The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation currently lends its voice to the ongoing dialogue and debate in six grantmaking programs: -Clean Energy -Galveston -Land Conservation -Shale Sustainability -Sustainability Education -Water The foundation also continues to earmark a percentage of funds for projects outside of its grantmaking programs, including Cook’s Branch Conservancy, the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, and other issues that reflect the values and vision of the late Cynthia and George Mitchell. To date, Cynthia and George, and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, have distributed or pledged more than $400 million in grants to causes, programs, and institutions. Examples of notable legacy initiatives are archived in the website's Legacy of Philanthropy section. Cynthia and George Mitchell were very generous people who were deeply committed to supporting the people and organizations important to them. The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation is committed to carrying out the philanthropic legacy of both Cynthia and George—supporting the issues and organizations that reflect their values and vision.  The foundation is undergoing a transition and is in the midst of a vigorous planning process that will span the next few years. During this transition, our Water, Clean Energy, Shale Sustainability, Sustainability Education, and Cook’s Branch Conservancy programs will continue to operate as they have for the past several years. The foundation is currently designing a Land Conservation program and a Galveston program, both of which will launch in the next few years. Beyond these programs, we do not anticipate creating new program areas in the foreseeable future.

Contact The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Company Offices
  • United States (headquarters)
  • Austin
  • 2630 Exposition Blvd