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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

Sep 22, 2014 Rhonda Smith
Sep 22, 2014 Katherine Linebaugh
Sep 22, 2014 Carlos A. Torres
Sep 21, 2014 SUSAN BARKER
Sep 21, 2014 Susan Bard
Sep 21, 2014 Mary Savva
Sep 21, 2014 Leanne Pentney
Sep 21, 2014 Annieke van der Werf
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Frederique Hauselmann
Sep 20, 2014 lisa ahmed
Sep 20, 2014 Candace Foley
Sep 20, 2014 Roberto Angarita
Sep 20, 2014 Virginia Culbert How greedy. You make billions of dollars. Must you swindle charities out of their donations. At least establish a cut off. Charge for donations of over $50,000 ( or some such cut-of) but not for small $50.00/$100.00 etc. donors.
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Luciana Genta
Sep 19, 2014 Danette Gagnon give back to the ones in need
Sep 19, 2014 C Stevens
Sep 19, 2014 BONNIE GREENE
Sep 19, 2014 Jim Breckenridge
Sep 19, 2014 Gregory Gour
Sep 19, 2014 Sonja Gold STOP!!!
Sep 19, 2014 Mireya Martin
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Michelle Mondragon
Sep 19, 2014 kimberley edmondson come on credit card companies!
Sep 19, 2014 Ylva Gefvert
Sep 18, 2014 Melissa Lawrence
Sep 18, 2014 karen watton
Sep 17, 2014 Alain Petiaux It 'is a shame !
Sep 17, 2014 Andreas Schuh
Sep 17, 2014 David Schaechtel
Sep 17, 2014 kim wilbur
Sep 17, 2014 Toreka Pulou
Sep 17, 2014 Kath Newman There is so much need in the world, and the credit card companies can "do their bit" by waiving the fees charged to charitable ogranisations who do such a great job in alieviating suffering.
Sep 17, 2014 Jerrey W
Sep 17, 2014 Maeve Binder Credit card companies are rich enough without taking a cut from online donations to charities. I did not realize this was happening and have made donations this way for convenience. I will not do this in the future. I will write a check instead. Shame!
Sep 17, 2014 Maureen Lugthart Never knew this. Doesn't suprise me though!!
Sep 17, 2014 patricia kuczynski
Sep 17, 2014 Rose Williams
Sep 17, 2014 Marisol Arrighetti Donations for charitable transactions should have no fee or the lowest fee possible.
Sep 17, 2014 Roseann LaBrake I will tear up all my credit cards if credit companies continue to take fees from charitable donations. People trying to do a good thing, and you ruin it by doing something unethical and wrong.
Sep 17, 2014 Michael V Roth Who is going to the leader and take a stand against profiting off the less fortunate.
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2014 Kathleen Kopp
Sep 17, 2014 Leah Dennis
Sep 17, 2014 Dina Kovarik Shame on credit card companies and big banks. On top of billions in bailouts and free government 'loans,' their protections under the law as "corporate persons" clearly don't come with any duty or compunction to act with any kind of human decency.
Sep 17, 2014 Thomas Budd
Sep 17, 2014 Lori Reinhold Banks are making ENOUGH money off of interest and bailouts from the US Govt. All charitable organizations should not be charged or have money taken from them for any transaction to their cause. 100% of all money should go to the cause!!

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