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Living the Dream

Manchester R.O.C.S.

I suppose mine is not every woman's dream. But maybe those who have built a business from the ground up can relate to the amazing feeling of seeing that business see success.

Success is relative in the nonprofit world. It is not measured by bottom line numbers. Sometimes it is difficult to articulate success. When seeking funding for nonprofits the current catch phrase is RBA, or results based accountability.

It makes sense those who are willing to award grants want to know you have accountability in place that demonstrates your nonprofit program is effective. That can be a challenge when working with at-risk youth.

"They didn't get in trouble today" doesn't fly. We don't have surveys for parents to take. Most of our kids' parents don't know, often don't care where they are never mind how they are doing.

But last night my kids were all at a boxing tournament. We were all together cheering on one of our own. There is a bond, a friendship, a family. As in any family there is teasing, laughter and most of all an unfailing support for one another.

Congratulations to Manchester Ring of Champions Society's own Jabbing Joe Wilson on a close fight. On Monday I will go back to cleaning the club, helping the kids and  figuring out how to pay the bills. But right now I feel like I am living the best dream ever.

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Anne Miller January 28, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Kate, You are truly an inspiration to the children at Rocs, and make a big difference in each ones lives, whether they are winning a round or just having fun by being a member of a family...in this case a boxing family. They learn more than boxing under your guidance and that is why you make a large difference in their lives and their future. Anne i
Kate Nicholas January 28, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Thanks Anne!!

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