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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

Dec 19, 2014 Marianne Rech
Dec 18, 2014 Rose Meier
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2014 Patricia Stubble
Dec 17, 2014 velma jean
Dec 17, 2014 selena Gruning Reprehensible
Dec 17, 2014 Jeremy Ezerzer
Dec 17, 2014 Lori Mccracken
Dec 17, 2014 Cecily Isle
Dec 17, 2014 Dana Miranda
Dec 17, 2014 Karin Kyes
Dec 17, 2014 Barbara Laxon
Dec 17, 2014 Doug Horn
Dec 17, 2014 Debbie Horn
Dec 17, 2014 Marie-Hélène Thiry
Dec 17, 2014 Mary McKeever
Dec 16, 2014 Kellie Thiel
Dec 16, 2014 Deanna Gentle
Dec 15, 2014 Darlene Skura
Dec 15, 2014 donita Thompson
Dec 15, 2014 janice hanninen
Dec 15, 2014 Susan Paulson
Dec 15, 2014 Caroline Harris
Dec 15, 2014 Debbie Foster
Dec 14, 2014 Rachel Strain
Dec 14, 2014 Hilde Nagels
Dec 13, 2014 Cindy G.
Dec 13, 2014 Elena Ennouri
Dec 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2014 Nicole Donnelly Come on - these large companies make BILLIONS annually. Why do they need to take money that is rightfully for charities? It's absolute greed.
Dec 12, 2014 Betty Santos
Dec 12, 2014 Cate Ahlgrim
Dec 12, 2014 Crystal Hill greedy banks = evil
Dec 12, 2014 Denise Plymale
Dec 12, 2014 lizeth marquez
Dec 12, 2014 Dorothy Roberts
Dec 12, 2014 Stephanie Willis
Dec 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 11, 2014 Shirl LaChance Charity is charity, to me others should not profit.
Dec 11, 2014 Mari Niemeläinen
Dec 10, 2014 Hanneke van Proosdij
Dec 10, 2014 Debbie Cruce
Dec 10, 2014 Laura Tysinger
Dec 10, 2014 Sabine Danelon
Dec 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2014 Carmen Calleja
Dec 10, 2014 Amy Whitfield
Dec 10, 2014 jeanine mielie

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