250-385-7226
British Columbia, CANADA
Be nice
Be nice
2014-03-16 01:31:08
Unknown
Not true
Be nice to charities
Be nice to charities
2014-03-16 01:30:04
Unknown
Those charities don't call until later. They don't call at 7AM or after 9 PM.

All these organizations you named have little to operate with.They all have overhead and staff to pay. Only difference is some don't make the calls for donations but they have mailers and other marketing efforts.

Not sure where you are getting your information from. but seems like hearsay.
Be nice to charities
Be nice to charities
2014-03-16 01:22:14
Telemarketer
BB and Diabetes do NOT own Value Village.
Those two are charities and have their own registration numbers.  WIN also has paid staff and overhead. Their staff and volunteers I have heard get first pick of donations. They all do the best they can with what little they have to work with.

I have never found either BB or CDA callers to be aggressive. If I don't have anything to donate, I tell them or just don't pick up the call.

I don't answer any numbers I don't know. I don't get many telemarketer calls any more.
Bulldog51
Bulldog51
2013-12-30 23:20:42
Unknown
Please check your information Value Village is NOT owned by the Salvation Army . . .

Savers
Company
Savers, Inc. headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, is a privately held for-profit thrift store chain offering secondhand shopping. Wikipedia
Headquarters: Bellevue, WA
CEO: Ken Alterman
Founded: San Francisco, California, United States
Me
Me
2013-11-02 02:51:16
Unknown
This number is NOT Value Village at all - why would you state that as a fact when you are absolutely WRONG? Makes you tainted. It is Big Brothers who are trying to raise funds for their programs so help out however you can.
K
K
2013-10-30 03:26:41
Unknown
Ummm, firstly, charities may voluntarily register for GST/HST or may be required to register if they are of a certain size.  They are required to charge GST/HST on certain items once they are a registrant.

Secondly, given the following, I'm not sure why it's better to give to a charity versus a non-profit community co-operative:

Community Service Co-ops

With the passing of the 2007 amendments, non-profit co-ops can incorporate as "Community Service Co-ops", which have the same status in law as non-profit societies including eligibility for charitable status where applicable.

The legal recognition of Community Service Co-ops is a formal recognition of the unique value and role provided by co-operatives that wish to operate on a non-profit basis. The Community Service Co-op designation will end the confusion that has arisen from uncertainty surrounding the legal status of non-profit co-ops, while affirming the democratic structure of member ownership and control that is unique to the co-op model.

To incorporate as a Community Service Co-op, a co-op's Memorandum of Association must include all of the following non-alterable provisions:
1.That the co-op is a community service co-operative,
2.That the co-op will not issue investment shares,
3.That the co-op's purposes are charitable or to provide health, social, educational or other community services,
4.That upon dissolution, the co-op's property must be transferred to another community service co-op or a charitable organization,
5.That no part of the property of the co-op is to be distributed to members while it is in operation.
better informed.
better informed.
2013-08-20 02:44:25
Unknown
you have it somewhat backwards. I can't speak for Diabetes Society, but Big Brother's actually sets up donations (via this number) and picks them up. Then sells the donations to Value Village, it isn't value village donating to the charities. also they make enough money through this to fund their programs and operations.
Mims
Mims
2013-07-16 02:11:02
Unknown
W.i.N. is a for-profit, not a charity. The owner is rich.
Susie Q
Susie Q
2013-07-10 23:36:33
Telemarketer
This # is for Value Village--they want your stuff--but mostly clothes--they will actually
go thru stuff that you leave for them and take only the clothes
VV is way OVER PRICED and almost full retail in some cases--They give only a very very small
amount to charity --and they themselves are for profit and CHARGE TAX--so they ARE not
a Charity at all
I give to Sally Ann--St Vinnie or a church group
There is suppose to be a place in Sooke called CASA-- that GIVES items to women and children
Value Village is not for the NEEDY  but the GREEDY !!!!
Don
Don
2013-06-03 23:14:14
Unknown
The local media revealed some years ago that Big Brothers is a front for Value Village. I stopped giving to them then, but they call relentlessly and are very aggressive. Requests to remove me from their call list are ignored, and after the media exposure they removed their name from caller ID, which clarifies their intention and is reason alone to ditch them. We then started donating to Sally Ann, only to learn of their ruthless anti-gay position. So now the clothes just build up in the closet. Will probably give them directly to some needy person who can distribute them to their friends.
Grambo
Grambo
2013-03-02 01:12:08
Unknown
Look up the Salvation Army... They have hundreds of millions of dollars in banks. Their financial statements (which are public record) will show you this. Why sitting on all this money? Who the f*** knows. They are not non-profit!
RicInVic
RicInVic
2013-01-19 02:25:19
Telemarketer
Lots of misinformation here. Big Brothers/Sisters has a clear non-discriminatory policy against gays and that has created issues in the US, not in Canada.

Value Village is a privately owned US for-profit company.
http://www.valuevillage.com/FAQs.aspx

Of course, Women in Need (WIN) is a not-for-profit co-operative which is better than most registered charities.
http://bcca.coop/member/victoria-women-need-co-operative

And Value Village called me every day this week but they will soon give up for a while. They hide behind charities though and don't identify who they are.
Bill
Bill
2013-01-10 21:08:03
Unknown
@informed
Your information is incorrect. Value Village is owned and operated by The Salvation Army with all profits earned funding their soup kitchens and programs for the disabled.
Big Bros/sis are independant as is Diabeties Society.

They are not agressive rather are giving you a call to let you know they will be in your area on a given date IF you have anything to donate.
Amerilia
Amerilia
2012-12-12 01:58:55
Unknown
Just to reply, just because a charity charges HST doesn't mean that it isn't a charity. The only difference between those who charge HST and those who don't is that the ones who charge HST are only provincially registered, whereas the ones who don't are federally registered.
Trudi
Trudi
2012-12-08 19:17:14
Non-profit Organization
Big Brothers Big Sisters calls me on a regular basis, although I've asked them to remove my name from their list. I can, and do, choose for myself when I have items to give away and to whom to give. They have been calling me at this number for over eight years, and I have not once given anything to them via this route.

I have, however, donated articles directly to Value Village and told them to credit the donation to BBBS.

It really does make me sigh; in fact, I intend to have my land-line cancelled shortly, in large part because I primarily receive nuisance calls.
private
private
2012-11-19 20:36:47
Telemarketer
Called then hung up?
Thank for the info.
Berta
Berta
2012-11-01 03:55:46
Unknown
Wow, some very interesting information given here of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  Personally, I have never had a problem with them.  Have found them to be very helpful, courteous, and pleasant.  I don't think they can call very early in the morning or very late at night as Im sure they have to follow rules by the CRTC.  I also know that they sell their donations to Value Village on a bulk agreement and 100 percent of the money goes into mentoring programs for the kids here in Victoria.  Im sure if you do as I have and ask these questions when they call you, they will answer them for you and then you can check it out for yourself and see if its true.  People don't want to bother asking, but will take the word of someone they don't know or even if they do know them, but they don't go and check the facts themselves.  Check out the charities and see what it is they do before making harsh comments about them.
Ted
Ted
2012-10-26 02:15:40
Telemarketer
They keep on calling on me its harassment
Private
Private
2012-09-11 22:49:09
Unknown
I asked them to take my number off the list so we'll see
Lori Ann
Lori Ann
2012-06-15 02:18:11
Unknown
It's Big Brothers Big Sisters for pickup of items for them to sell
erica
erica
2012-06-13 02:15:10
Non-profit Organization
Tuesday June 12th, 2012

I just got a call from this certain number on my cell around 613pm this evening and since I did NOT even recognize it, I did NOT even answer my cell!!

Whenever I get a call from an UNrecognized number on my cell, I NEVER, EVER answer, only because, you just NEVER, EVER know who it is that is calling you!!

But instead, I just enter the phone number into google search and usually this webpage comes up TELLING ME EXACTLY WHO THE PHONE NUMBER BELONGS of which I am really thankful for!!

Keep up the great work and great service!!
*(s)end*
Yar
Yar
2012-04-03 01:55:44
Unknown
If w.i.n. Is such a good charity why does the owner make a six figure income and refuse to pay trades who work at her house
RUSerious
RUSerious
2012-03-27 20:43:11
Unknown
To claim an organization has a reputation for something without backing it up with some kind of at least marginally credible source/documentation is irresponsible in the least, and unethical at worst. To the person who blindly accepted it as truth just because it was written down (in of all places, on the Internet), wonderful display of critical thinking skills.
Chris
Chris
2012-03-14 19:22:00
Unknown
didn't know about their discrimination. Thanks for that heads up. I don't feel bad at all to have hung up on them (and will continue to do so if they keep calling)
jool62
jool62
2012-01-20 04:16:00
Unknown
Big Brothers are fine to give to.  I have never had an agressive person  W.I.N is a co-op not a full charity as they charge HST.  Charities do not charge tax.  Want to give to a full charity, try Beacon
They are always looking for donations.  They have a shop on Pandora, further down from the W.I.N. store and their new location on Quadra at Hillside.
RFW
RFW
2012-01-18 03:25:43
Telemarketer
They phone at inconvenient hours too, like shortly after 7:00 am. Phone back and yell at them. The more incoming calls they get, the more hassle it is for them. They hassle us - we hassle them.

Also: if you have anything good to get rid of, give it to St. Vinnie, where the charity has no strings attached (unlike Sally Ann), there aren't overpaid higher ups (one hears rumors about W.I.N., I'm sorry to say), and they're not commercial (unlike Value Village aka Big Brothers and Diabetes Association)..

If, on the other hand, you have nasty crap, take it to Value Village. Flood them with garbage.

PS: Big Brothers has another phone number 250-475-1117, which may be a business office. Phone them there too.

PS: Big Brothers has an evil reputation for discrimination against gay men, which makes them even more objectionable.
Informed
Informed
2011-11-29 04:24:14
Unknown
They is actually the company who owns Value Village.  They call and say they are Big Brother/Big Sisters or Diabetes Society to collect unwanted items and clothing.  They do give a percentage to these charities but it is such a super small amount that it's really a shame.  You are better off giving/donating to W.I.N.(Women In Need) or one of the smaller local shops as ALL of the proceeds go to assist their programs and not pad the pockets of already rich people who live in the states.  Your donations do a lot more if you give to other local charities like W.I.N.
Mr. Concern
Mr. Concern
2011-11-01 02:27:27
Telemarketer
I have always found the brothers to be very reasonable on the phone and not the least bit aggressive.
Victoria Person
Victoria Person
2011-06-06 20:44:14
Unknown
This is Big Brothers call center, very agressive fund raising and generally will not remove your number from their list even if you request it. I use *60 block service to block them.
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