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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

Jan 12, 2018 Nancy Walsh
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 s w
Jan 9, 2018 Janice Vakili
Jan 1, 2018 GENE NATALE
Dec 31, 2017 Jim Sheridan
Dec 29, 2017 David Lemon These companies make enough money on commercial transactions to afford processing charitable gifts for free.
Dec 27, 2017 Greer Hart Like many folk, I donate almost daily to many of the appeals crying out to save human, animal and environmental problems from becoming bigger disasters more than what they are. Charitable reaction is a sign of a compassionate society.
Dec 25, 2017 M D
Dec 22, 2017 Christian Müller
Dec 21, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Dec 13, 2017 Terri Robb
Dec 13, 2017 David Rozanski
Dec 13, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Nov 27, 2017 Beveryn Swaim
Nov 24, 2017 Brandon Woodward
Nov 23, 2017 Terri Lynch
Nov 21, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 21, 2017 Roberta L Ruben Why are you trying to destroy the Programs for charitable giving. They are the bedrock of Democracy in a free Capitalist Country
Nov 18, 2017 David Rozanski
Nov 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 7, 2017 Antoinette Schneeberg
Nov 7, 2017 Jacqueline Roberts
Nov 6, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Nov 5, 2017 Gail White This would be no more than just.
Nov 5, 2017 Heather Osborne
Nov 4, 2017 Jodi Ford
Oct 26, 2017 Nick Cody You disgust me, profiting from donations! I will start writing checks from now on.
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Oct 25, 2017 Kay Shelton
Oct 24, 2017 Elizabeth Ehrenzeller
Oct 24, 2017 Kim Singer
Oct 22, 2017 Richard Swain Do the right thing!
Oct 21, 2017 Leigha Henson
Oct 20, 2017 LOUISE MOORE
Oct 20, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Oct 19, 2017 Kim Harris STOP THE GREED!!! GREED: not caring about ANYONE, but only themselves to gain an insatiable amount of wealth and power with no conscience.
Oct 18, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Oct 18, 2017 Arnold Cabral Veterans who reads this call your Senators and Representative contact the Veteran Affairs Committee passed a New Disabled Veteran Benefit Law which is if a Veteran Disabled Veteran who is collecting 100 percent service connected should G4 implant for free
Oct 13, 2017 Linda Wheeldon
Oct 12, 2017 Linda Bescript
Oct 11, 2017 monique La Marca
Oct 10, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Oct 5, 2017 Melissa Bird
Oct 4, 2017 Ivan Zhyvolup
Sep 29, 2017 Kathy McClelland
Sep 27, 2017 Margaret Mitchell
Sep 23, 2017 Jeffrey Eyges
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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