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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


May 26, 2015 Sky Gianni
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Tracy Sherrer
May 25, 2015 HARRISON P BERTRAM
May 25, 2015 Susan Tate
May 25, 2015 stella gunther
May 25, 2015 bill hughey
May 25, 2015 Nicholas Kenney
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) The credit card companies don't mind dipping their hands into charity at 3%, but you sure won't give me a fixed interest rate of 3% no matter how much time I've been a VALUED card holder!!
May 24, 2015 Ivan Brewer
May 24, 2015 Alice Sansonetti
May 24, 2015 Shelby Hackney
May 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2015 KURT CRUGER
May 24, 2015 John Marchesi Please
May 24, 2015 Jana-Mae DeCambra
May 23, 2015 Jess Francis
May 23, 2015 Ann Erbacher Grey
May 23, 2015 Arliz Espinosa
May 23, 2015 Casey Roy
May 23, 2015 Nadiya Littlewarrior-Davis
May 23, 2015 Allan Kaopua
May 23, 2015 Chalonda Colley
May 22, 2015 Meg Blanchard
May 22, 2015 Blayne McPherson
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Beverly Terhune
May 22, 2015 Elizabeth Moore
May 22, 2015 Angel Orona
May 22, 2015 Jacqueline Wallace
May 22, 2015 Lori O'Dell
May 22, 2015 Mara Rennie
May 22, 2015 Sue Harvey
May 21, 2015 Jennifer Beaulieu
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) Charles W. Scharf, Ajay Banga, David Nelms, and Kenneth Chenault, You all should pay! Karma!
May 21, 2015 julie hampel
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2015 Marilyn Mason
May 21, 2015 Mercedes DiMaio
May 20, 2015 Sheryl Smith
May 20, 2015 Francisco de Tavira
May 20, 2015 Veronica Williams
May 20, 2015 fred fall
May 19, 2015 Karen Schams
May 19, 2015 Steve Keim I would use whatever credit card waived transaction fees for charitable contributions as my main card.
May 19, 2015 Catherine Critz
May 19, 2015 harry longabaugh
May 19, 2015 Mary L Goldberg Shame on you!
May 19, 2015 Christine Cordier

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