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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

Feb 15, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 Donna Cinelli
Feb 6, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 6, 2018 Cari Brookbanks
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Feb 3, 2018 Annicka Chetty
Feb 2, 2018 wynta dangerfield
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Jan 28, 2018 Holly Smith
Jan 27, 2018 Kate Pruden
Jan 27, 2018 Amy Hile
Jan 26, 2018 Lois Freeman
Jan 25, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 22, 2018 Margaret Schultz
Jan 18, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq
Jan 18, 2018 Shabnam Shafiq
Jan 12, 2018 Nancy Walsh
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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

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