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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 21, 2017 Debra Davidson
Jan 21, 2017 Olivia Latiano
Jan 21, 2017 ROSA GRAVES
Jan 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 20, 2017 Mary Lannon
Jan 19, 2017 Judith Meusel
Jan 19, 2017 jon Slade
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Jan 19, 2017 Minerva Krueger
Jan 18, 2017 Charity Chambers
Jan 18, 2017 Casey O'Conner
Jan 18, 2017 Dalma Bugg
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Jan 17, 2017 Maryse Savard
Jan 17, 2017 Pamela Lawson
Jan 17, 2017 julie matewicz
Jan 17, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 Sonia Hernandez
Jan 16, 2017 Jennifer Horsmon
Jan 15, 2017 JACKIE MORRIS
Jan 15, 2017 silvana de pasquale
Jan 15, 2017 Barbara Mintz
Jan 14, 2017 Janis Comstock-Jones
Jan 14, 2017 Francis Deutsch
Jan 14, 2017 Valerie Baksa-Cato
Jan 14, 2017 Judy Kairys
Jan 13, 2017 Karen Lowe
Jan 13, 2017 Autumn Severit
Jan 13, 2017 denese Burrell
Jan 13, 2017 Carla Marques
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Jan 12, 2017 Marie Santoro
Jan 11, 2017 Debbie Owen
Jan 11, 2017 Karina Scharenberg
Jan 11, 2017 S Bray
Jan 11, 2017 Lee Irwin
Jan 11, 2017 Oleksandr Ievtukhov
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Jan 10, 2017 Winifred Pilla
Jan 10, 2017 Vickie Mowry
Jan 10, 2017 kimber hawkey
Jan 10, 2017 Terry Eaton
Jan 10, 2017 Jeanne Sheffer
Jan 10, 2017 GRETCHEN LUROS All transaction fees to valid charitable organizations should be waived. You make enough money as it is.
Jan 10, 2017 William Ronald
Jan 10, 2017 Ann Moriarity
Jan 10, 2017 Beth Solis
Jan 10, 2017 Robert McDaniel
Jan 10, 2017 Catherine C Evans I am shocked at this news. And I am disgusted and disturbed. It should be illegal for credit card companies to rob from victims of disaster and the suffering poor. These CC Companies should be forced to waive such transaction fees.

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