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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


Apr 18, 2015 Lisa Harrelson
Apr 18, 2015 Johanna Kristin Sigurz
Apr 17, 2015 Ursula Myers
Apr 17, 2015 Edith Belcher
Apr 17, 2015 Josette Martin
Apr 17, 2015 jJackie Godbout
Apr 17, 2015 PATRICIA FOX
Apr 17, 2015 Marilyn SKinner
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Apr 17, 2015 Mary Levan
Apr 16, 2015 Phyl Morello
Apr 16, 2015 Eileen Sands
Apr 16, 2015 sas s
Apr 16, 2015 Bridget Hinojosa
Apr 15, 2015 christy bryan
Apr 15, 2015 kathleen devaney
Apr 15, 2015 TIGER MILLER
Apr 15, 2015 Donna Darnell
Apr 15, 2015 kimberlee mills
Apr 15, 2015 Sam Ford
Apr 15, 2015 Robert Carbaugh
Apr 15, 2015 carol scott
Apr 15, 2015 Susan Wotton
Apr 14, 2015 michele day
Apr 14, 2015 Pieter Degroote
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Apr 14, 2015 Kristine Cole
Apr 14, 2015 Deb Haight
Apr 13, 2015 layne wallace
Apr 13, 2015 Catherine Sutton
Apr 13, 2015 Yvonne Depuy
Apr 13, 2015 Lonnie Lindstrom
Apr 12, 2015 aloka alo
Apr 12, 2015 Digna Delgado
Apr 12, 2015 Salama Nadia
Apr 12, 2015 Michele Cacano
Apr 12, 2015 Antoinette PRIDDY
Apr 12, 2015 Forrest Reinke
Apr 11, 2015 Alice Neuman
Apr 11, 2015 liliane moraes
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Apr 11, 2015 Miriam Rehbein
Apr 10, 2015 izzy presley
Apr 10, 2015 Marlene Mlinar
Apr 10, 2015 Tanya mccormick
Apr 10, 2015 Heather Finlayson
Apr 10, 2015 MARY ROBBINS This truly seems unethical.
Apr 10, 2015 Denise Kobylarz People who donate to charity do so for a reason. These organizations do GOOD. As far as I'm concerned, banks do NOT qualify as charitable organizations. Banks are often the cause for charitable giving.
Apr 10, 2015 Ellen Segal

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