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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


Aug 23, 2014 Sister Gross
Aug 22, 2014 Rebecca Cheek
Aug 21, 2014 Debra Wilson
Aug 20, 2014 Gregory Anderson
Aug 16, 2014 maria manuela lopes
Aug 16, 2014 Clara Madrigal-Bermudez
Aug 14, 2014 robin karlsson
Aug 12, 2014 Ashley McMillan
Aug 12, 2014 Michelle Neeson
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Aug 12, 2014 Angelika Kempter
Aug 12, 2014 MERCEDES DIMAIO plesse give 100% to the charitable org--!!
Aug 12, 2014 Christos Christias
Aug 12, 2014 Donna Lee
Aug 10, 2014 Amanda Grob
Aug 8, 2014 meghan follansbee
Aug 8, 2014 Angela Parker
Aug 7, 2014 Debra Charette
Aug 7, 2014 maureen oshea
Aug 7, 2014 H Steinberg
Aug 7, 2014 Shannon Sicocan
Aug 7, 2014 Kaley Bill
Aug 7, 2014 Gloria Howard greedy rat-bastids!
Aug 7, 2014 Chris Leehey
Aug 7, 2014 Pam Grant
Aug 5, 2014 Jackie McNeely-Estes
Aug 3, 2014 Brian Reynolds
Aug 2, 2014 sandra sheehy
Aug 1, 2014 Jennifer Ritter
Aug 1, 2014 Mary McBride
Aug 1, 2014 kari swigart
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Jul 30, 2014 Randall Phillips
Jul 29, 2014 Bev DeSomber
Jul 29, 2014 Janice Thompson
Jul 29, 2014 Liam Sauer-Wooden
Jul 29, 2014 Mary Stubblefield
Jul 29, 2014 Nancy Sanderson
Jul 29, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 29, 2014 Lauren Van Gundy
Jul 29, 2014 Diane Taylor
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Sauer
Jul 28, 2014 Paula Hartgraves
Jul 27, 2014 dana forbes
Jul 25, 2014 Margaret Davies
Jul 24, 2014 Maridell Price
Jul 24, 2014 Penny Preston - Gyr
Jul 24, 2014 Carmen Williams
Jul 23, 2014 Nina Hirsch
Jul 21, 2014 Tatiana Koroleva

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