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Credit card companies must stop profiting from disaster.

Credit card companies siphon off upwards of 3% of all charitable donations as so-called "transaction fees." While 3% may not sound like much, it adds up quickly. The Huffington Post recently reported that "credit card companies and banks make as much as $250 million each and every year from these fees, a number that increases greatly in times of crisis." This is an unconscionable amount of money to take away, money that is vital for relief and development across the globe.

The major credit card companies — Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — responded to public outcry against this practice after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti with half-measures and smoke and mirrors. They chose a very small group of charities which would be exempt from those fees for a very limited amount of time. Donations sent to help respected organizations in Haiti — such as those to Partners in Health, Doctors Without Borders, and Mercy Corps — were still subject to excessive and amoral fees. There is no reason to believe that, without pressure from customers, these companies will cease charging for charitable transactions of their own accord.

Send a strong message to Visa, MasterCard, & other major credit card companies: Every penny of a charitable donation must reach the people who need it most. Waive all transaction fees, for all charitable donations, for all time. Sign below!

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To Charles W. Scharf, CEO of Visa, Inc.; Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard, Inc.; David Nelms, CEO of Discover Financial; and Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express:

I am outraged to discover that for each charitable donation I make with my credit card, your company takes up to 3% for "transaction fees". The $250 million that your companies receive annually through these fees alone are intended for people in need, particularly in times of crisis.

Put 100% of donations in the hands of the people and groups intended to get it. Waive all fees, for all donations to legally recognized charities, for all time. Listen to your customers — it's time to stop profiting from suffering.


Petition Signatures

Sep 30, 2014 James McQuillan
Sep 30, 2014 Joel Brown Stop being so greedy. All the money donated to charity should go to charity.
Sep 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) I'm a member of two small nonprofit organizations that help our elderly and infirm who are low income and who live in small towns. We repair their homes and provide heating assistance. I'm disgusted that credit cards profit from donations. Please change.
Sep 29, 2014 Bart Mendelson
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed) Transaction fees depend on who the credit card is being issued by, not just the credit card company itself. Most Credit Unions don't charge transaction fees. Interest is charged if there is a balance, but no transaction fees. Join 1, show BofA who's boss!
Sep 29, 2014 Gwen Piekarz
Sep 29, 2014 Susan Rudinger
Sep 29, 2014 Swantje Willms
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 joanne groshardt The more money someone has, the more they want. Banks, Wall Street, Republicans, and the Koch brothers worship a golden calf.
Sep 29, 2014 John Ahlbach
Sep 29, 2014 Ogechi1 Iheduru
Sep 29, 2014 paulette vallieres
Sep 29, 2014 Linda Ryssdal
Sep 29, 2014 Mary King
Sep 29, 2014 Ewa Poligaj
Sep 29, 2014 Deborah Barber
Sep 29, 2014 Diane Bannard
Sep 29, 2014 William Tucker
Sep 29, 2014 Constance Wells I knew credit card companies take a bite out of merchants' revenues, but I hadn't thought of charitable giving in the same light. Shame on these companies for taking advantage of others' distress!
Sep 29, 2014 Rohan Wijesekera
Sep 29, 2014 Karen Paradiso
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Shirley Vaughn I know you use transaction fees to pay your companies' expenses and to make a profit -needed to stay in business, but don't you think that you could forego on charitable donations? God will bless you if you do, even more than you have already been blessed
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 sandra craig
Sep 29, 2014 Cathy Smith Donations should be sent in whole to the organization they are meant for, not into the pockets of the stock holders of these companies.
Sep 29, 2014 charles jacobs Wave fees on charitable donations!!!
Sep 29, 2014 kathryn moore
Sep 29, 2014 Leah Vetter
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Cathy Ball
Sep 29, 2014 Lillian Gates
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Cheryl Phillips Give without gain for oneself or one's corporation.
Sep 29, 2014 Dianne J. Stein
Sep 29, 2014 Kim Potzinger
Sep 29, 2014 alice jena
Sep 29, 2014 Nancy Adams Greed is systematically destroying our civilization. I want to believe that most people, including those in positions of power, do in fact want to do the right thing. Please prove this true by ceasing to profit from the misfortune of others.
Sep 29, 2014 Laura Fonseca
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Jo Byers
Sep 29, 2014 PJ Wallace Are we really surprised? Since a certain President allowed them to raise the interest rate to astronomical numbers just because they felt like it they have driven many out of their homes. They don't care just as long as they get money.
Sep 29, 2014 Suzanne Lawson
Sep 29, 2014 Michael Schimmel
Sep 29, 2014 Donna Evans I was not aware until today that credit card companies PROFIT from charities. SHAME ON YOU!! You NEED TO send any profits that you've made to ALL the charities you RIPPED OFF NOW!!
Sep 29, 2014 Wendy Gomez I think when it comes to someone giving money to someone else in need, it would be great if 100% of it could go to that purpose.
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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