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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

Jun 25, 2016 Toni-leigh Milner
Jun 24, 2016 Kathleen Dingle
Jun 24, 2016 Judy Collins
Jun 23, 2016 Alexander Yeung
Jun 23, 2016 Patricia Maurin
Jun 23, 2016 Frances silva
Jun 23, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Jun 23, 2016 Denise Bash
Jun 23, 2016 Don Merrell
Jun 23, 2016 Dean OBrien
Jun 23, 2016 JM Aurnague
Jun 22, 2016 Elizabeth Nugen
Jun 20, 2016 Irene & Bill Mauer
Jun 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 20, 2016 Laura Roberts
Jun 20, 2016 Rita Hammond
Jun 19, 2016 SANDRA VITO
Jun 19, 2016 John Andrews
Jun 18, 2016 Susanne Hesse & Doug Dyer It is the honorable thing to do, discontinue charging fees when charitable funding is involved.
Jun 18, 2016 Sandy Bieker
Jun 18, 2016 andree leplay
Jun 18, 2016 Elaine Haggerty
Jun 17, 2016 Jo Anne McArthy
Jun 17, 2016 Lotta Larsen
Jun 17, 2016 Maria Kanuk
Jun 17, 2016 paul smith
Jun 17, 2016 Debbie Wolf
Jun 17, 2016 Maria Yanshina
Jun 16, 2016 alexa molnar
Jun 16, 2016 Eileen Mendoza This is an outrageous practice that takes advantage of generous contributors.
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Jun 15, 2016 Colleen Bergh
Jun 15, 2016 Sherrie Johnson
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Jun 13, 2016 Marie Hutchens
Jun 13, 2016 Patric & Norma Feagin
Jun 13, 2016 Dahlia B Berencia
Jun 13, 2016 Francisco Silva
Jun 12, 2016 shelley batti
Jun 12, 2016 Caroline Johnson
Jun 12, 2016 Michael Lisle
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Jun 11, 2016 Russell Knock
Jun 11, 2016 Mark Gable
Jun 10, 2016 Martine Macmillan
Jun 10, 2016 Karina Otero Half-Earth Project - - Respect nature! Respect life! Respect yourself! - Thanks!
Jun 10, 2016 Susan Lindsey
Jun 10, 2016 ko yuen

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