Since 2009, the Mission Capital Awards (then, Nonprofit Excellence Awards) have recognized exemplary achievement in our social sector. The 2018 winners were announced and honored at the Mission Capital Award Reception on October 17.


2018 Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year Award


Named in recognition of its inaugural recipient, this award honors an individual who passionately champions transformational community impact. Past winners of this award include Libby Malone (2013), Earl Maxwell (2014), Jeff and Deanna Serra (2015) and Senator Kirk Watson (2017).


Community Leader of the Year
2018 Community Leader of the Year Award Winner, Toya Cirica Bell

Mission Capital is proud to celebrate Toya Cirica Bell for her extraordinary service in support of this community we all love! As a longtime public servant and career attorney with a legacy of professional and community engagement, Toya has truly made community service and trusteeship a central part of her life.

Toya has served on numerous boards and held leadership positions with local mission-driven organizations including Austin Young Lawyers Association, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Austin Black Lawyers Association, Travis County Women Lawyers Association, Junior League of Austin, Lone Star Girl Scouts Council, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Mission Capital , Executive Women in Texas Government, the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce and many more. She is the immediate past board chair of Leadership Austin. In 2016, Toya received an Attorney Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers Association and Foundation and in 2017, was featured in the inaugural edition of Achievements in Black Austin.

As the Board Chair for Leadership Austin, she led a collaborative initiative to convene Courageous Conversation—Beyond Diversity training for the greater Austin community. Thus far, nine sessions are at capacity for this transformative training experience. She began her board service in 2011, after being selected as the 2011 Essential Class Representative to the Board.

On why she serves, Toya shared, “I believe in community service and community trusteeship as a central part of my life. I’ve always enjoyed helping others and thinking about the big picture. I grew up in a family where giving back was encouraged at an early age. I recall collecting donations with my grandmother for various causes including a charitable organization that she and her friends founded — and all the things I learned from her about empathy and having a charitable heart.”