Foundation FAQs

The Mueller Foundation is 501(c)(3) charitable entity voluntarily formed by Catellus, the master developer of the Mueller Airport Redevelopment.

The Mueller redevelopment project is uniquely rooted in the efforts of committed citizens and neighbors who have for nearly 25 years, have envisioned a thriving mixed-use urban village at the site of Austin’s old airport. This community vision led to the crafting of key goals for Mueller, which in turn guided the development of the award-winning Mueller master plan. Catellus, as Mueller’s master developer, has committed in its partnership with the City of Austin and its citizens to ensure that this redevelopment of a major city asset produces benefits for the entire community and serves as a model for the region and nation.

Minimum requirements of the Mueller project in areas like affordable housing, Green Building, and small and minority business diversity are incorporated into the Master Development Agreement between the City and the master developer. The Mueller Foundation supports efforts that go beyond the agreement — innovative approaches that produce social and community benefits for more people, in more areas of endeavor, and at higher levels of performance.

The Mueller Foundation exists to sustain affordable housing at Mueller and to support the social goals of the Mueller neighborhood with an emphasis on quality education and sustainability in Central and Northeast Austin schools and neighborhoods.

Using a model of civic entrepreneurship, the intent is to leverage the work of proven organizations and programs aligned with the mission of the Mueller Foundation and willing to support of Mueller’s role as a laboratory of best practices and source of knowledge for a lasting and positive impact beyond the neighborhood itself.

The primary focus areas are affordability, education and sustainable neighborhoods:

Affordability

  • Mueller Shared Appreciation Housing Program
  • Sustainable affordability
  • Personal/family financial education

Quality Education

  • Education (primarily children from pre-school through 8th grade)
  • Pre-school and after-school youth
  • Mentoring and tutoring
  • Career, college and workforce preparation
  • Art and culture

Sustainable Neighborhoods

  • Natural resources
  • Recreation, parks, amenities, open spaces, trails
  • Life-long wellness/fitness/recreation
  • Diverse and sustainable communities
  • The overwhelming majority of funds go to support the Affordable Housing Program
  • Monies due to the seller of an affordable home
    • Additional subsidies necessary to keep the home in the affordable program
    • Any monies necessary to prepare the home to sell to another affordable homeowner such as replacing carpet, repainting, refinishing cabinets, etc.
  • A small amount of money goes to Austin-area organizations that support education and sustainable neighborhoods in and around the Mueller Development
    • The Mueller Foundation offers $500 grants to Austin-area organizations that focus on affordability, education and/or sustainable neighborhoods
Funds flow to the Mueller Foundation as a donor-advised fund of the Austin Community Foundation from three sources:

  • Sales: Whenever property within the Mueller community sells, whether residential or commercial, there is a fee included in each real estate transaction as one incoming source of funds. The fee is one-quarter of one percent of the total transaction amount for all transactions, regardless of how many times the property may be sold over time.
  • Housing: Proceeds related to the development’s affordable housing program.
  • Gifts: Contributions by the master developer and its project partners.
The Mueller Foundation benefits from the expertise, governance, oversight and staff time available to fund holders of the Austin Community Foundation, a 30-plus year institution in Austin. The Mueller Foundation is guided by an eight-member board of directors made up of local business and civic leaders. Members are elected by the board and voluntarily serve for a minimum of two years. At least one board member is an employee of the master developer.

In addition, the board also turns to outside professional counsel for legal, communications, and affordable housing expertise.

$26m

value captured to ensure home affordability

396

affordable homes sold

466

working individuals and families served