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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 26, 2014 Ashlee Ryan-Frost
Oct 25, 2014 Virginia Skelton
Oct 25, 2014 Lila Berman I am seriously considering canceling my credit card because of this immoral situation. When I think of all the donations I've made with my Visa card and how much of it has gone into your pockets it sickens me.
Oct 25, 2014 amanda reile
Oct 25, 2014 Nina Larsen
Oct 25, 2014 Dawn Glavin
Oct 25, 2014 Iris Lopez This is so wrong on so many levels. These companies are profitting from charity.
Oct 25, 2014 Hanna kühne
Oct 24, 2014 jenny pickard the only people who should benefit from donations are the recipients, definitely not the banks.
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) All they care about is making money! They should be ashamed of themselves for being so greedy and heartless!
Oct 24, 2014 jane Pascarella
Oct 24, 2014 Susan Durling
Oct 24, 2014 Katherine Proulx
Oct 24, 2014 Mom Morris-jackson
Oct 24, 2014 Cymone Turner
Oct 24, 2014 Virginia Allgaier
Oct 24, 2014 Carola Hume
Oct 24, 2014 donna crescioli
Oct 24, 2014 Andrea Fogt
Oct 24, 2014 Lorena Songcayawon
Oct 24, 2014 laurie moschetto
Oct 24, 2014 Keri Lewis
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2014 Sharon Guarino the greed in this world is disgusting.....
Oct 24, 2014 Cheryl Welch
Oct 24, 2014 SANJEEV Sandh You can consider the fee waiver as your own corporate donation to the specific cause in question. And, do take credit for that too!! No harm, there!!
Oct 24, 2014 Natalie Kovacs
Oct 24, 2014 Gloria Choate
Oct 24, 2014 carrie khaddour Thats Inexcusable Greed
Oct 24, 2014 Leigh-Anne Francis
Oct 24, 2014 Philippe Raymakers
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle Gohier
Oct 23, 2014 Julie Cannon
Oct 23, 2014 Holly Wright
Oct 23, 2014 Kim Taylor
Oct 23, 2014 J S
Oct 23, 2014 Toni Peters You make enough off regular purchases. Make this your donation.
Oct 23, 2014 isacaro mahégrosset
Oct 23, 2014 Laurie Price You do realize the young folks today are not using credit cards, right? You guys are shooting yourselves in the foot! Keep it up, your services will be extinct in another generation.
Oct 23, 2014 Maria Dimaio
Oct 23, 2014 Tracy Buchanan
Oct 23, 2014 Lisa Hopkins
Oct 23, 2014 Teresa Bender
Oct 22, 2014 Keeann Cramer
Oct 22, 2014 Megan Bornman
Oct 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2014 sherri pickett
Oct 22, 2014 Denise Payne
Oct 22, 2014 Christine Matthews
Oct 22, 2014 Richard Teague

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