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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 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2016 Kathy Garcia
Sep 29, 2016 Pattie Segura
Sep 28, 2016 Dr Robert Kirk
Sep 27, 2016 Danielle Walden
Sep 27, 2016 Brenda Boutin
Sep 26, 2016 Grey Nieves
Sep 26, 2016 Charlotte Humphries
Sep 26, 2016 Daniele Walker
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Sep 23, 2016 Laura Valentine
Sep 23, 2016 diane calvert
Sep 23, 2016 michael blechman
Sep 22, 2016 Claudia Moorman
Sep 22, 2016 Stanley Fistick
Sep 22, 2016 Charmaine MacDonald
Sep 22, 2016 Magda Santiago
Sep 21, 2016 Gail Benoit
Sep 21, 2016 Mary Jacob
Sep 20, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 20, 2016 Gail Serra
Sep 20, 2016 Enid Frederick
Sep 20, 2016 Frances Bathory
Sep 20, 2016 Rod Sutton
Sep 20, 2016 carolyn rauschert
Sep 20, 2016 Marilyn Lindsey
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Sep 20, 2016 Irene Souder-Coyle
Sep 20, 2016 Jean Hixson
Sep 18, 2016 michelle johnson
Sep 18, 2016 Gillian Shults
Sep 17, 2016 Kathy Wall
Sep 17, 2016 Michele Manuel
Sep 16, 2016 Ginger Sikes
Sep 16, 2016 Heather Corry
Sep 16, 2016 Marie Armandy
Sep 16, 2016 Camryn Lee You make enough money from businesses, this is disgusting. You could even deduct your cost of putting 100% toward charities, it's a win-win. WAKE UP!
Sep 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2016 Jody Herrmann
Sep 15, 2016 Lauren Clayton
Sep 15, 2016 Jana Baber
Sep 15, 2016 KENNETH BOYLE
Sep 15, 2016 Gloriana Roig
Sep 15, 2016 Ellen Mc Connell
Sep 15, 2016 Sigrid Acosta-Ramos I am slowly moving away from all credit card auto billing w/ charity to my Credit Union. If predation continues, I will stop using credit cards.
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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