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For-Profit Organizations Exploit Charity Organizations Through Feel-Good Messaging

" The ubiquitous promotion of charitable activity is a big reason why Value Village’s corporate parent, Savers, Inc., does more than $1.2 billion in business [...]

The ubiquitous promotion of charitable activity is a big reason why Value Village’s corporate parent, Savers, Inc., does more than $1.2 billion in business annually. Based in Bellevue, for years it has been the single largest player in the prosperous and growing industry of for-profit thrift stores. And thrift has proved lucrative for the firms’ executives. Board Chairman Tom Ellison, for example, owns a waterfront mansion in the same suburb as Bill Gates.

But Savers’ claims about doing good for charities appear to be vastly overblown. Behind many a great deal at Value Village is a pretty meager good deed. Behind others there appear to be none, InvestigateWest found.

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