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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

Aug 31, 2015 Teresa Poche
Aug 31, 2015 Darlene Furrow
Aug 30, 2015 Roxanne Asel
Aug 30, 2015 Baiba Baltmane
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Aug 29, 2015 Sharon J
Aug 29, 2015 Janice James
Aug 29, 2015 LYNN TRAN
Aug 29, 2015 Chris Leverich
Aug 29, 2015 Virginia Carrington
Aug 28, 2015 lizzie lemoine
Aug 28, 2015 Joann SANTOS
Aug 28, 2015 Marina Tombolato
Aug 28, 2015 Thierry Chartier
Aug 28, 2015 Aurélie Amari
Aug 28, 2015 Bernadette Crespin
Aug 28, 2015 Edurne Gonzalez
Aug 28, 2015 Linnette Mullen
Aug 27, 2015 kathy reifsnyder
Aug 27, 2015 pat glew
Aug 27, 2015 Lisa Tyree Just do the right thing here -- I doubt you'll regret it.
Aug 27, 2015 John Cort
Aug 27, 2015 Ed Kreczko
Aug 27, 2015 Nancy Orozco
Aug 27, 2015 Joann Nicoletti
Aug 26, 2015 Eila Gomez
Aug 26, 2015 mary pasanen
Aug 26, 2015 Angels Puig
Aug 26, 2015 Maria Mason
Aug 26, 2015 Patricia Bush
Aug 26, 2015 Rebecca Davis Y'all's "transaction fees" on our donations are a sin and a shame. Stop profiting from human misery.
Aug 25, 2015 Karen Sprague
Aug 25, 2015 jane gilmore
Aug 25, 2015 Lea Faulks
Aug 25, 2015 Laura Dani I think banks are doing already enough profit not to suck charity money. Money makers are not moral and never feels shame apparently.
Aug 24, 2015 Marta,Betty,David,Fernando,Joel Anguiano-Volsansky
Aug 24, 2015 Michael Robinson
Aug 23, 2015 Kimberly allen
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Aug 22, 2015 Jerome Bender
Aug 21, 2015 GLENN STAMM
Aug 21, 2015 Mary Wylie
Aug 21, 2015 Sarah Richardson
Aug 20, 2015 Mary Mullen
Aug 20, 2015 Sarah Taylor
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Aug 20, 2015 Mary Landrum
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