The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation currently lends its voice to the ongoing dialogue and debate in four grantmaking programs:
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. However, beyond these already established programs, we do not anticipate creating new programs or funding additional program areas until 2018.
As part of this transition, the foundation Board of Directors and staff have launched a process to determine how the grantmaking programs might change and grow in the future. Although details of these programs are yet to be finalized, updated information about grantmaking priorities and how to apply for a grant are available on this website. Also, Frequently Asked Questions in regard to the foundation transition are available at Foundation FAQs.