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The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The foundation 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.


Established in 1981 in TX - Founded by the late George Phydias Mitchell, a businessman and real estate developer from Texas. The 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 had a long history of supporting the economic revitalization of his hometown of Galveston and his keen interest in science and sustainability. 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. 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. George Mitchell had committed to The Giving Pledge, and pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy.


The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

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P.O. Box 8937 The Woodlands, TX United States 77387-8937

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