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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


Jul 21, 2014 Tatiana Koroleva
Jul 18, 2014 marla armstrong
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 Erin L
Jul 15, 2014 Jessica Miller
Jul 15, 2014 Kathleen Varnum
Jul 15, 2014 Jennifer Smith Dear Sirs. Realize that whoever waives fees for charitable transactions 1st will receive great publicity, and many loyal customers. If you can't stomach free, change to .05%. You'll still make loads of money, & you'll get lots of positive publicity.
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 i Trigonis
Jul 15, 2014 Joy Mamoyac
Jul 15, 2014 Christine Ronan
Jul 15, 2014 Sherrie Rozniecki
Jul 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 15, 2014 Richard Han
Jul 15, 2014 Alice Kilpatrick
Jul 15, 2014 Beth Followell
Jul 15, 2014 linda maser
Jul 15, 2014 Anne Ross
Jul 14, 2014 Gordon Smythe Please stop charging transaction fees for using your credit card on charitable donations, it's obscene, can't you see that you're profiting from the misfortune of others
Jul 14, 2014 James Williams Stop transaction fees for using your credit card on charitable donations, it's ridiculous, you're profiting from the misfortune of others
Jul 14, 2014 Peter Shisbey Yes, together we stand up to those menacing giants...stop transaction fees for charging your credit card on charitable donations.
Jul 14, 2014 Sarah Hamilton
Jul 14, 2014 April Gilbert
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 CLARA ANTILLON
Jul 13, 2014 Rose Hannaford
Jul 13, 2014 j.s. simpson
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 Charlee Myers
Jul 13, 2014 Frances Stefanski I understand cr. card com. want to make a profit, but when it comes to legit. charities they should come down to 1 %.
Jul 13, 2014 gene polis
Jul 12, 2014 D. Elam Credit card companies should be charitable too. Have a heart.
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed) We can afford this.
Jul 12, 2014 Linda Lippner
Jul 12, 2014 Jill Powers
Jul 12, 2014 Barbara Deegan here's an idea! let's all just write checks!
Jul 11, 2014 Haley Dobbs
Jul 11, 2014 Keith Tkach I agree with this petition. Waive your fees for charitable contributions.
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed) I had no idea that when I donated to charity for disaster relief that the CC companies are taking part of the $ & it's in very poor taste. I realize that a % is levied against merchant's who choose to take CCs for pymt & that is THEIR choice.
Jul 11, 2014 Alexandra Lohman
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Russell Chiappa
Jul 11, 2014 Rob Dexter
Jul 10, 2014 Laura Blanca Mendoza lanca
Jul 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2014 Anita Towlson
Jul 10, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2014 Gerry Jonsson

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