Until November, Lisa Traina had a classic New York glamour job: organizing private parties in the Art Deco opulence of the Rainbow Room. Now she spends 10-hour shifts walking down gritty sidewalks trying to persuade homeless people to go to the Bowery Mission for food and shelter.

For almost two decades, the Church Street School for Music and Art has been a place where New York City kids can learn to strum a guitar, hit the high notes and build a gingerbread house. The nonprofit community arts center’s enrollment grows every year, along with its need donation dollars. To find out more about Church Street and its fundraising challenges and experiences, check out FundRaising Success’ interview with the school’s director of development, Nick Gaudreau. FundRaising Success: Tell us a little about the organization. Nick Gaudreau: Founded in 1990, Church Street School for Music and Art is a nonprofit community

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