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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 10, 2016 Daniela earl
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed) Credit card companies make enough money without profiting from Non-profit donations.
Feb 9, 2016 Christie Hartmann
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 Joanne Montgomery
Feb 9, 2016 Mary Wingard
Feb 8, 2016 Shirley Usher
Feb 7, 2016 Dorothea Keuper-Reis
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 7, 2016 Stephen Roth
Feb 7, 2016 kathleen parsley
Feb 6, 2016 steven hoover
Feb 6, 2016 Cristina Alexandre
Feb 6, 2016 Kay Brainerd
Feb 5, 2016 Cory Rickerson
Feb 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2016 (Name not displayed) End this!
Feb 4, 2016 Sharon Polo
Feb 4, 2016 Maria Vitória Magri
Feb 4, 2016 Marsha Kimball
Feb 4, 2016 Jennifer McBurney
Feb 4, 2016 Abigael Foreman
Feb 3, 2016 Sharon Weiss
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 MShawn Wright
Feb 3, 2016 Shirin Ighani
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 Jessica Robinson
Feb 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2016 tisa ott
Feb 2, 2016 adrienne bergeron
Feb 2, 2016 Bryan Martin
Feb 1, 2016 Andrew Weprin
Feb 1, 2016 Laurie Fisher
Feb 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2016 Dianita Canizalez
Jan 31, 2016 Wilifred Alire
Jan 31, 2016 Karli Stern
Jan 31, 2016 Mark Liebe
Jan 31, 2016 Lois Battersby
Jan 30, 2016 Doreen Forbes
Jan 30, 2016 Jan Marek
Jan 30, 2016 Lauren Arnold
Jan 30, 2016 DONNA FRUSHON
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed) C'mon credit card companies and banks, etc. Be nice. Don't make money because we help stop cruelty and make life better. You making money from donation givers should be outlawed. You know it's wrong.
Jan 30, 2016 Carol Lowery
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 Michel Ernemann
Jan 29, 2016 Michele Leavitt

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