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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

May 4, 2015 Judith Walsh
May 3, 2015 Tara Herman
May 3, 2015 christine mamula
May 3, 2015 Irene Martone These CORPORATIONS are ripping off the NONPROFITS - STOP THIS CRAP NOW.
May 2, 2015 Lee Venter
May 2, 2015 a rossi
May 2, 2015 Andrea Deckard
May 2, 2015 Raquel Serrano
May 2, 2015 Jennifer Dean
May 2, 2015 Penny Ryckman
May 1, 2015 Lynne Johnson
May 1, 2015 Mel Henshaw
May 1, 2015 Lise Rapaport
May 1, 2015 Nancy Flammia This is embarrassing - America: land of the free and the home of the almighty dollar.
May 1, 2015 dawn Lafferty
May 1, 2015 Glenn Knapp
May 1, 2015 gabriela hirschler
May 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 30, 2015 Carol Ready
Apr 30, 2015 Donald Glenister
Apr 30, 2015 Michael Harrell even lowering the fee to a cut percentage would be preferable - understand CC companies are providing a service, but shouldn't be getting windfall profits by withholding cash from folks in need
Apr 30, 2015 Amanda Wilkerson
Apr 30, 2015 Tina Wedlake
Apr 30, 2015 Thenmoli Rajendran
Apr 29, 2015 Carol Guffey Stop stealing from charities! You billionaires are disgraceful in your never ending greed!
Apr 29, 2015 Theresa DiTullio
Apr 29, 2015 Jeffrey Coen
Apr 29, 2015 Friederike Besier
Apr 29, 2015 Irene Souder-Coyle
Apr 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2015 Sheila Iverson Think of what great PR your company would get from stopping or even reducing fees for charitable donations. Advertise this and your company could be a force for good in the business world.
Apr 27, 2015 MILDRED KELA
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2015 Donna Lampkin
Apr 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2015 Andrea Kendall
Apr 26, 2015 Krin Asselta
Apr 26, 2015 Jala Farquhar
Apr 26, 2015 Brandy Braunig
Apr 26, 2015 Dia Schumacher
Apr 26, 2015 AMVETS Post 67
Apr 25, 2015 Robert Ipsaro
Apr 25, 2015 Sasha Patrick
Apr 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2015 Elizabeth Carey
Apr 24, 2015 Leslie Ann Nick Charible need every penny so I don't think credit card companies would go broke by not charging a fee. They could use it as a write off or a charible contribution!
Apr 24, 2015 Alan Bent
Apr 24, 2015 Sandra Giardini
Apr 24, 2015 George Roetsch

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