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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


Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 iris rochkind
Oct 19, 2014 Fawn Caldwell
Oct 19, 2014 Jayne Forbes
Oct 19, 2014 Kimberly Willis
Oct 19, 2014 Anthony Thompson Should there be a "bank tax" on donation? No. Please waive these fees.
Oct 19, 2014 eve fantom
Oct 18, 2014 Brenda Psaras
Oct 18, 2014 Lisa a
Oct 18, 2014 Tammy Young
Oct 18, 2014 Pam Hilbert
Oct 18, 2014 Linda Ilgen
Oct 17, 2014 Julie Paul
Oct 17, 2014 Cherie Levinsohn
Oct 17, 2014 sherrie shown
Oct 17, 2014 Gail Blank
Oct 17, 2014 john durkin
Oct 17, 2014 Kristen Gilkeson
Oct 17, 2014 Cindy Silva
Oct 17, 2014 Margie Gray
Oct 17, 2014 Robin Connor 100% of the donations should be given to where they are intended.
Oct 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2014 Deborah Hood
Oct 16, 2014 donielle joslyn
Oct 16, 2014 d. lap
Oct 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 Gloria Carlton
Oct 16, 2014 ann bryan Waive all fees, for all donations to legally recognized charities, for all time.
Oct 16, 2014 cynthia lee
Oct 16, 2014 sara taylor
Oct 16, 2014 Robert B. Kaplan
Oct 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 16, 2014 brandao jacqueline
Oct 16, 2014 Tania Llewellyn
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2014 Louise Perreault
Oct 15, 2014 Carla Winger
Oct 15, 2014 amy lynn pemrick
Oct 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2014 Shauna Kerr
Oct 15, 2014 Lesley Westbrook Enough is enough. How greedy can you be? These organizations care. Do you?
Oct 15, 2014 Joyce Pretzer
Oct 15, 2014 Lauren Haworth
Oct 14, 2014 K Gorman
Oct 14, 2014 Evelyn Mayo
Oct 14, 2014 Jeannie Rumple
Oct 14, 2014 Anja Mehling
Oct 14, 2014 Robert petermann I'll believe it when I see it happening
Oct 14, 2014 owen mateo

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