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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

Mar 4, 2015 Andrea Gregg
Mar 4, 2015 Melanie Byrne
Mar 4, 2015 Carol Melvin
Mar 3, 2015 Darren Masters
Mar 3, 2015 Dawn Harmer
Mar 3, 2015 Melissa Harper
Mar 3, 2015 Ann Singer
Mar 3, 2015 Paula Eaton
Mar 3, 2015 Jo-ann Tellado
Mar 3, 2015 Reba Smith
Mar 2, 2015 Anne Immelnut Don't you thieves get enough of our money??
Mar 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) U greed-ridden fatcats richly deserve to burn in hell forever 4 your shameless theft of food from hungry babies' & animals mouths, for robbing resources from those who have NOTHING, so U can buy things U do not need. U DESERVE 2 CHOKE IN AGONY 4 ETERNITY.
Mar 2, 2015 Diane Myers This is a shocking amount being siphoned off from our donations and should be cut to a more reasonable amt or cut altogether!
Mar 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) This money is meant for charity, not company profit.
Mar 2, 2015 Jill Tarleton
Mar 2, 2015 Charity Harlow
Mar 2, 2015 andree lecat
Mar 2, 2015 Brenda Raus
Mar 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 1, 2015 paris dodd
Mar 1, 2015 Suzanne Twohig
Mar 1, 2015 Linda Brenner
Mar 1, 2015 karina Huising
Mar 1, 2015 Labail Genevieve
Feb 28, 2015 Barbara Garris
Feb 28, 2015 N. Katayama
Feb 28, 2015 Veronica Parkin
Feb 28, 2015 S. Geithmann
Feb 27, 2015 Janice Foster
Feb 27, 2015 Brittany Paral
Feb 27, 2015 steven rothstein
Feb 27, 2015 Therese Lesher Don't you guys make enough effing money off of us...geez!
Feb 27, 2015 Patricia Tripp
Feb 27, 2015 Elisabete Fonseca
Feb 26, 2015 Meruyert Tairova
Feb 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 26, 2015 Gloria Chandler
Feb 26, 2015 robert wiehemeijer
Feb 26, 2015 Tamela Rattle
Feb 25, 2015 Stephanie Smith
Feb 25, 2015 Heather Voss
Feb 25, 2015 Hanny Overklift
Feb 25, 2015 Dr. Pam Fox We see you, lazy exploiting cowards. Shame on you, greedy bastards.
Feb 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2015 Krystina Mabie
Feb 25, 2015 paul needles
Feb 25, 2015 Tracy Over
Feb 25, 2015 Sabrina Lemay
Feb 24, 2015 Gabrielle Bueno
Feb 24, 2015 Suzan Ward

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