2018 MISSION CAPITAL AWARD WINNERS
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.
Nonprofit Leadership Award
The Nonprofit Leadership Award is presented to a current nonprofit CEO/Executive Director whose notable achievements over the course of his or her career have resulted in lasting community impact. Recognized by peers as a longstanding sector leader, this individual has served one or more organizations with a track record of effective leadership and lasting outcomes. A model of excellence, this leader inspires and empowers others to achieve meaningful, measurable and sustainable solutions to critical community challenges.
- Ann Beeson | Center for Public Policy Priorities
- Shilpa Shamapant | Austin Speech Labs – 2018 WINNER
- Larry Elsner | Open Door Preschool
Outstanding Nonprofit Award
This award is presented to a stand-out organization whose relentless focus on results has created powerful progress for the Central Texas community. Regardless of size, this nonprofit has demonstrated significant, measurable community impact, especially within the past year. Through a clearly defined vision, creative program delivery and smart operations, this nonprofit balances innovation that addresses the challenges of today with long-term sustainability.
- Austin Creative Reuse
- Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
- Mothers’ Milk Bank – 2018 WINNER
Catalyst for Change Award
The Catalyst for Change Award is presented to an inspiring individual in the nonprofit, corporate, or government sectors who is making significant change in their approach to addressing a social issue or cause.
- Mia Johns | Dress for Success – 2018 WINNER
- Kyndel Bennett | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
- Christina Collazo | Todos Juntos Learning Center
Aligned Impact Award
This award is presented to a cross-sector, mission-driven collaborative working to create deep, system-wide change in Central Texas. It recognizes that some of our community challenges are so complex that only a strategically collaborative approach can bring about meaningful transformation. Ownership and decision-making authority in this collaborative reach beyond a single partner, and the collective work is guided by shared leadership. The activities of each partner contribute to the collaborative’s clearly aligned, collective goals. The collaborative has established shared metrics, tracks progress and can demonstrate real impact in an area of clear community need.
- School Readiness Action Plan – 2018 WINNER
- Best Single Source Plus (BSS+)
The Nonprofit Community Award is presented to an inspiring organization that has been voted on by their peers. This organization inspires others to do more within their organization, and is admired in the community for their work on a specific cause.
- Health Alliance for Austin Musicians – 2018 WINNER
- Moody Foundation
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).