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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 27, 2016 Marie Abramo
Aug 27, 2016 ch Fontijn
Aug 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2016 Kim Flora
Aug 25, 2016 Wendy Turner
Aug 25, 2016 Pam Rodden
Aug 24, 2016 Mary Matychowiak
Aug 24, 2016 (Name not displayed) Don't Let Credit Card Companies reap profits from Charity Givings!!!
Aug 24, 2016 Ginger Currans
Aug 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2016 Kathleen Parsons, R N
Aug 23, 2016 Raphaël PONCE
Aug 23, 2016 Angeline Reeks
Aug 23, 2016 Karen Lawrence I have a Mastercard for World Animal Protection. I can't believe you look for ways to profit from everything, even donations to worthwhile charities.
Aug 23, 2016 Marcus Payne
Aug 23, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 23, 2016 Cyril CLARISSE
Aug 22, 2016 BEVERLY Renee Folkes
Aug 22, 2016 Jolanda Soethaert
Aug 21, 2016 Roseann LaBrake 100 % of all donations belong to the charities. It is unethical to take fees from this money.
Aug 20, 2016 María Galarce
Aug 20, 2016 (Name not displayed) STOP THE GREED AND PROTECT OUR WILDLIFE!!!
Aug 20, 2016 Anastasia Dunn
Aug 19, 2016 Mayara Andressa
Aug 19, 2016 SARAH AMARAL
Aug 19, 2016 Joyce Barringer
Aug 19, 2016 Melissa Hatfield
Aug 18, 2016 Marlis Whittier
Aug 18, 2016 Probyn Gregory
Aug 17, 2016 Christine Cramp
Aug 17, 2016 Elizabeth Keenan
Aug 17, 2016 Laura Bell
Aug 16, 2016 Kathryn Carson
Aug 16, 2016 Joan Yanicke
Aug 15, 2016 JIMMY Rivera
Aug 15, 2016 daryl bennett
Aug 15, 2016 karyn bennett
Aug 14, 2016 Amy Christenson
Aug 14, 2016 Demetrios E. Lekkas PhD
Aug 14, 2016 Debra Bolliger
Aug 14, 2016 Dennis Horvitz Typical profits before people mentality.
Aug 13, 2016 Russell Esposito
Aug 13, 2016 Nur Agni
Aug 12, 2016 Marcia Sutton
Aug 11, 2016 kristin sullivan
Aug 11, 2016 Lauren Solarczyk
Aug 11, 2016 miki takada
Aug 11, 2016 Marybeth Comstock
Aug 10, 2016 Jole Lheureux

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