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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

Nov 28, 2015 frances surratt
Nov 28, 2015 Rachel Van Dinter
Nov 28, 2015 Shelley Mason
Nov 28, 2015 Ginny Laurent
Nov 28, 2015 sara sales
Nov 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 28, 2015 Rosalba Cardea
Nov 27, 2015 Alicia gouger
Nov 27, 2015 Wilhelmina Edelston
Nov 27, 2015 Tim Barrington
Nov 27, 2015 Robert Sanders
Nov 27, 2015 Rita Preston
Nov 25, 2015 Jonathan Miller Please do not charge any charities.
Nov 25, 2015 Kellie Mattingly
Nov 25, 2015 Zephanie Locker-Lampson
Nov 25, 2015 Lisa Ofstedal
Nov 24, 2015 gwen p
Nov 24, 2015 Rhiannon Hiller
Nov 24, 2015 Anita Latin
Nov 24, 2015 Valdimar Eggertsson
Nov 23, 2015 Tom Pavao
Nov 23, 2015 Brittany sheldon
Nov 22, 2015 Mona Manera
Nov 22, 2015 Greta Hunter
Nov 22, 2015 Delia Quintanilla
Nov 22, 2015 Ewa Gralla
Nov 21, 2015 Jodi Brown This is disgusting and it needs to be stopped ASAP. People really are losing their morals in these companies
Nov 21, 2015 Rusty Briggs
Nov 21, 2015 Jessica Andrews
Nov 21, 2015 Alyce Fielding
Nov 21, 2015 Samantha Long
Nov 21, 2015 Samantha Long
Nov 21, 2015 Deb VanBrocklin Pay our donations forward and don't steal your percentage.
Nov 21, 2015 tina mitchell
Nov 21, 2015 Katherine McEachern Credit card companies & banks, already make way too much money just in interest on credit card balances. They certainly should not profit from charitable donations people make out of kindness!
Nov 20, 2015 (Name not displayed) Credit card companies are stealing from the most needy. It must stop.
Nov 20, 2015 (Name not displayed) this is not right . people and organizations need every penny. please do the charitable thing.
Nov 19, 2015 Becky Waltz
Nov 19, 2015 Robin Harper
Nov 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2015 SarahLynn Bower
Nov 19, 2015 Michelle Tucker
Nov 19, 2015 Lorie Zaplotinsky
Nov 19, 2015 Leanne Rathmell
Nov 18, 2015 Jan Pfeiffer-Rios
Nov 18, 2015 Jennifer Collins
Nov 18, 2015 Scotia Ogle
Nov 18, 2015 Jessica Whitehead
Nov 17, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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