Ever heard of SeeSaw Studio in Durham? Probably not. Looking for a worthy charity that's teaching design and marketing to inner-city teens? They're the ones.
How might you find them, or any one of hundreds of other nonprofit programs in the Triangle that are pursuing interests you're interested in supporting? On Philanthropy Central, the new "web-based tool for community giving" offered by the Triangle Community Foundation at
It's designed to help people with money to give find sympatico organizations to give it to (or else look up the organizations that are asking them for money to see if they're for real). You don't need TCF for that, of course, but they can help if you want, and will manage your philanthropy for you if you so choose. They've been around since 1983 and now run 550 donor funds that support worthy causes in Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties.
But back to SeeSaw. We found it using the "Find & Give" feature of Philanthropy Central. The first category we came to was "Arts, Culture & Humanities" and offered 63 organizations. Why SeeSaw came up first on the list, who knows? But it did. It's a free after-school program in which "creative, motivated teens ... learn innovative design techniques and real-life marketing strategy." The products range from painted furniture to pillows, handbags and other "funKtional" stuff (love that word!) that the kids make and sell. They get 50-75 percent of the price tag. The rest goes to the studio for overhead. Look for them at the Durham Art Walk sale on Dec. 14. They'll be outside their place at 347 West Main St.
SeeSaw also does special commissions. If you click on their link--www.seesawstudio.org--check out the images they created for the ?Y Empowerment Center, a teen tobacco prevention program. "Why Buy Cigarettes When You Can Make Them at Home?" asks the postcard/poster/T-shirt designed by Angelica McGregor, 15. Below the picture of someone pouring from a spout, the critical ingredients are listed: Car exhaust, pesticide, floor cleaner, formaldehyde, moth balls, etc. etc.
Since there are only two SeeSaw staffers, let's name them: Amy Milne and Mara Matthews. The technologically impaired can reach them at 687-4411.
Only 62 organizations to go. In the first category.