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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

Jul 3, 2015 Linda Astleford
Jul 3, 2015 Cheryl Houde
Jul 3, 2015 marina vilas boas
Jul 3, 2015 Gianluigi Zagarella
Jul 2, 2015 goth duggin
Jul 2, 2015 Anthony Pfohl
Jul 2, 2015 Christel Petty
Jul 2, 2015 Barb Kuntz
Jul 2, 2015 Timothy A. Doerner
Jul 2, 2015 Carol C Brown
Jul 2, 2015 Andrea Giza-O'Neill
Jul 1, 2015 Joseph Salamido
Jul 1, 2015 Lynn Lamonte
Jul 1, 2015 Amy Vanderbilt
Jul 1, 2015 Elizabeth Methven
Jul 1, 2015 Kelli Lysz
Jul 1, 2015 Janet Bushey
Jun 30, 2015 Lori Seyler
Jun 30, 2015 Jennifer Reigle
Jun 30, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jun 29, 2015 Nancy Hill
Jun 29, 2015 Isabel carapeto
Jun 29, 2015 Teresa Broderick
Jun 29, 2015 Linda Ridden
Jun 28, 2015 Alicja Bożek
Jun 28, 2015 john chambers
Jun 28, 2015 Tracy Arcure
Jun 28, 2015 Priyanka Adams This is sick!
Jun 28, 2015 Tami Miller
Jun 27, 2015 Emily Jelassi
Jun 27, 2015 Debra Ryan Any money donated to charity should ALL go to charity. Perhaps everyone should cut up their cards and send checks?????
Jun 27, 2015 Alice Johnson The greed of these organizations makes me ill! For once in your greedy little lives, think about the people who are in need & BTW, how about foregoing your own salaries for a month!
Jun 27, 2015 Tina Standow
Jun 26, 2015 sherron valdry
Jun 26, 2015 covi lopez
Jun 26, 2015 Margaret Rigsby
Jun 26, 2015 Paula Santos
Jun 25, 2015 Kim Decker
Jun 25, 2015 Maureen North
Jun 25, 2015 Camille Dent
Jun 24, 2015 Garry Lough
Jun 24, 2015 Lim Bee
Jun 24, 2015 Dagmar L. Anders
Jun 24, 2015 Leslie Gegg
Jun 24, 2015 Igor Dukanovic
Jun 23, 2015 Celina Silva
Jun 23, 2015 Scott Jerden Greedy bastards! Have you no shame ? ! ?
Jun 23, 2015 Kathleen Tashiro
Jun 23, 2015 Kathy Colbert
Jun 23, 2015 Bruce Coleman

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