Minnesota attorney general accuses Savers of misleading public about donations
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson accuses the Savers thrift store chain of misleading the public of about how much it pays local charities.
Savers LLC, a Seattle-based company, has 330 stores in North America and Australia, including one in Rochester. In addition to Savers, the company operates under the names Unique Thrift and Value Thrift.
The stores solicit donations of clothing and household goods by saying some of the proceeds benefit charities, including Vietnam Veterans of America, the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, Courage Kenney Foundation and True Friends.
But the attorney general's office claims the company is not fully disclosing how the proceeds from those donated goods are distributed. The Star Tribune reports:
The attorney general's office said it has been investigating the case for about a year, and is sending a copy of the report to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Savers responded late Monday in a statement:
The Star Tribune reports the company was not willing to provide an executive to answer a reporter's questions.