George and Cynthia Mitchell always considered the eclectic seaside town of Galveston Island, where George grew up and where they had lived together just after their marriage, a second home.
The couple served as leaders in the transformation of Galveston’s once neglected downtown area into the nationally acclaimed Strand National Historic Landmark District.
In 2008, George directed and significantly invested in a massive cleanup and restoration of downtown Galveston and beachfront areas immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Ike.
The foundation is undergoing a transition and is in the midst of a vigorous planning process that will span the next few years. The foundation is currently developing a grantmaking program specifically focused on Galveston, and we anticipate launching this strategic initiative targeting poverty alleviation through education in Galveston in 2019.
Although details of this program are yet to be finalized, the foundation intends to make Galveston a priority.