As the foundation continues to evolve, we have increasingly focused on sustainability issues, seeking ways to ensure human societies flourish in harmony with a thriving natural environment. Our geography of focus continues to be Texas. In 2022, grantmaking programs focused on the following: 

Clean Energy


Land Conservation 

Mitchell Innovation Lab

Subsurface Energy

Sustainability Education


While social equity has always been part of the foundation’s mission, in 2020 we took a more visible stand on the topic, laying out short-term actions and longer-term goals for how CGMF will promote racial equity.

The foundation also operates Cook’s Branch Conservancy and protects a large tract of land that is part of the property through impact investing. CGMF also makes select grants to various other organizations that reflect the legacy, values, and vision of Cynthia and George Mitchell and the Mitchell family.

To date, Cynthia and George, and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, have distributed or pledged an estimated $900 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 legacy, values, and vision. 

Updated information about grantmaking priorities and how to apply for a grant are available on this website. Also, Frequently Asked Questions regarding the foundation’s transition are available at Foundation FAQs.



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