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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

Oct 6, 2015 T. Fitzgerald
Oct 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2015 Yvonne Snyder
Oct 5, 2015 tabbitha brindle
Oct 5, 2015 Michele Henley
Oct 5, 2015 Marlene Ernst
Oct 5, 2015 Linda Prandi
Oct 5, 2015 Laura Gustoson
Oct 5, 2015 melody O'Connor
Oct 5, 2015 Marcia Mery
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Charles Pan
Oct 5, 2015 Lena Jalke-Fehrm
Oct 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 4, 2015 Betty Kendrick
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) This is ridiculous, credit card companies should be ashamed of themselves. People and animals need help with charity money. You should be donating more and not taking any cut at all from the money given for these poor people and animals.
Oct 2, 2015 medina cheatle Greed, greed, greed!
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2015 Cassandra Marentette
Oct 2, 2015 Kathie E Takush
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2015 Jeff Herbst Pure greed to take money from charities.
Oct 2, 2015 JudithAnn Jarvis
Oct 2, 2015 Susan Dayberry
Oct 1, 2015 Katie Smith
Oct 1, 2015 Jill Russell this should already be in effect. please make this law.
Oct 1, 2015 Pamela Meeder
Oct 1, 2015 Daphne Thurston
Sep 30, 2015 Angel Pierce
Sep 30, 2015 Lisa Merchant
Sep 30, 2015 Jessica Jean Posner
Sep 30, 2015 Cameron Pierce
Sep 30, 2015 Eugene Litviak
Sep 30, 2015 Kimberly Teel
Sep 30, 2015 Rose Chludzinski
Sep 30, 2015 Eugene Black
Sep 29, 2015 Lucille Gherardini
Sep 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2015 Patricia Mullen
Sep 28, 2015 Carol Turton Greed !
Sep 27, 2015 Robert Dahl
Sep 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 27, 2015 Michelle Dudman
Sep 27, 2015 Becky Isaac
Sep 26, 2015 Phil Greco
Sep 26, 2015 Arlene Patoray
Sep 26, 2015 Jeremy Parcell

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