With regard to Dec. 26 letter to the editor regarding state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Value Village lawsuit (“State AG’s lawsuit shows political agenda”), here are the facts: Value Village states “Every time you donate, you help us support local nonprofits.” They generate over $1 billion dollars in revenue annually and most people assume a significant portion of that goes to charity.
What constitutes a significant proportion in your mind? 50 percent? 75 percent? United Way, for example, donates 79 percent of its revenue directly to the charities it supports. Value Village proudly states it has donated a total of $120 million dollars to charities over the past ten years which means Value Village is donating 1.2 percent of its total revenue per year to charity. I bet you are surprised by that, as I was, and that is why State Attorney Bob Ferguson is calling them to account for their decades of deceptive consumer practices.
Value Village has every right to be a for-profit company — they just need to be clear who is benefiting from your donations, and it is the chain’s owner, not people in need.