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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


Mar 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2015 Brittney Craig
Mar 28, 2015 Nicole Tourgee
Mar 28, 2015 nita patrick
Mar 28, 2015 Jessica Aguilar
Mar 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2015 Nicole St. Eve
Mar 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 28, 2015 Lorraine Ciftci
Mar 27, 2015 Kim Walsh Credit Card Companies Must Not Profit From Charitable Donations
Mar 27, 2015 Suzanne Pals
Mar 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2015 Melissa Bishop
Mar 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2015 Susan Geschwender I never realized I was enriching credit card companies when I donated money. How crass and exploitative that is.
Mar 27, 2015 Jessica Bailey
Mar 27, 2015 Craig Kramer
Mar 27, 2015 Teresa Hart
Mar 27, 2015 Sue Kasprzyk
Mar 27, 2015 Belinda Fry
Mar 27, 2015 gina palermo
Mar 27, 2015 Rosemary Walker
Mar 27, 2015 PABLO GRIFFITH
Mar 27, 2015 Betty Batten
Mar 27, 2015 Kathleen Jaissle
Mar 27, 2015 florence christoplos
Mar 27, 2015 azza elsherbini
Mar 26, 2015 Catherine Roberts
Mar 26, 2015 Deb Warner
Mar 26, 2015 michelle goins
Mar 26, 2015 wanda vega
Mar 26, 2015 Melody Clark
Mar 26, 2015 Mick Hartley
Mar 26, 2015 Thomas Byrum
Mar 26, 2015 Firmine KPELLY
Mar 26, 2015 Aliscia Boyd
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2015 Des Byrne
Mar 26, 2015 Alicia Otero
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2015 HEATHER MAGOR
Mar 26, 2015 Jana Letus
Mar 26, 2015 PJ miles 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, PJ
Mar 26, 2015 Nancy Brown
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) Even corporations could have hearts. You can prove this by stopping this practice.
Mar 26, 2015 Karen Gibson
Mar 26, 2015 p merican
Mar 26, 2015 Patricia Gowder
Mar 26, 2015 Joly Matthieu Insane. Stop being so greedy!!!
Mar 26, 2015 Lisa Palmer-Leger

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