The foundation aims to increase the scientific understanding of water issues in Texas through its Grand Challenges initiative -- a means of designing effective policy that meets the water quantity and quality needs of both humans and the environment.
Sustainability Science
The foundation seeks to expand the sustainability science approach to solving complex, interrelated economic, social and environmental problems by educating a new generation of leaders via a state-of-the-art, Texas-wide academic network.
Clean Energy
The foundation understands Texas has a tremendous opportunity to benefit from a clean energy economy, and is committed to promoting energy efficiency, supporting renewable energy resources, and preventing the permitting of new coal-fired power plants.
Shale Sustainability
The foundation funds and supports emerging efforts to reduce the negative environmental and community impacts of shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing while capturing the environmental and economic benefits of this important fuel source.
Physics & Astronomy
George P. Mitchell's keen interest in science is reflected in the foundation's funding and support of initiatives including the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University, the Giant Magellan Telescope, and the McDonald Observatory of The University of Texas.
Cooks Branch Conservancy
Cook's Branch Conservancy offers a rare glimpse into what a century of regeneration looks like in the East Texas Piney Woods eco-region. The foundation's award-winning 5,600-acre nature conservancy exemplifies extraordinary habitat management and wildlife conservation on private land.

The Cynthia and George Mitchell 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.


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Current Initiatives

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