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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.

Signed,

Petition Signatures


Oct 31, 2014 Kathy Jones
Oct 31, 2014 Jennifer Leonard
Oct 31, 2014 Carol Hendrickson
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 melissa eliot
Oct 30, 2014 Jean Dobizl
Oct 30, 2014 Shannon Blea
Oct 30, 2014 Liela Abass
Oct 30, 2014 Lynda Holt
Oct 30, 2014 Grace Gorelick
Oct 30, 2014 Astrid Brown
Oct 30, 2014 Cathy Wriedt
Oct 30, 2014 Debra Arrington
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 30, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Oct 29, 2014 Rebecca Arriola
Oct 29, 2014 jason zastrow
Oct 29, 2014 Miquel López López
Oct 29, 2014 Susan Sheldon It's absolutely time to do this!
Oct 29, 2014 Jodi Beers
Oct 29, 2014 hanh doan
Oct 29, 2014 Christiane Santos
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 chris gordon
Oct 29, 2014 Gillian Miller
Oct 29, 2014 Susan Matias
Oct 29, 2014 Clay Brantley
Oct 29, 2014 Marie Taylor
Oct 28, 2014 Kathy Ruhl
Oct 28, 2014 Christy Nelson
Oct 28, 2014 Anastasia Lamers
Oct 28, 2014 Jacqueline Allen
Oct 28, 2014 Jacki Hoover
Oct 28, 2014 Heli Honkanen
Oct 28, 2014 Diane Smader
Oct 28, 2014 gabi blau
Oct 27, 2014 Terri Henry
Oct 27, 2014 Elissa Mericle-Gray
Oct 27, 2014 Pat Kellim
Oct 27, 2014 Judith Brown
Oct 27, 2014 Mary Sullenberger It is bad enough that these companies gouge their customers with outrageous interest rates. Charitable donations should be exempt!
Oct 27, 2014 Missy Kendrick
Oct 27, 2014 Donna Rathbone
Oct 27, 2014 Janet Place
Oct 26, 2014 Meghan Soukup Every penny of a charitable donation must reach the people who need it most.
Oct 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 26, 2014 Lynne Blake
Oct 26, 2014 Kate Anderson, PhD credit card companies are NOT non profit charity organizations; therefore they should not profit from charitable donations.

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