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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.

Signed,

Petition Signatures


Mar 24, 2017 Dorothy Milligan
Mar 23, 2017 Russell Jackson
Mar 22, 2017 Shanti Redwine
Mar 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Mar 22, 2017 Tracy Goestenkors
Mar 22, 2017 Suzette Henderson
Mar 19, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 19, 2017 Sigfrido Losada Torreiro
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 17, 2017 Susan Bruce
Mar 13, 2017 Kristi Weber
Mar 10, 2017 SHERRY SMITH
Mar 6, 2017 Sandra White
Mar 6, 2017 Barbara Vieira
Mar 6, 2017 Harry Wasylychyn
Mar 6, 2017 Erika Somlai
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2017 Lynne Elwinger
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please stop charging fees to charities and their donors when we use our credit cards to donate. Please give all the money donated to charities TO the charities!!!!
Mar 5, 2017 JAMES CUNLIFFE
Mar 5, 2017 Steve Tanzer
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2017 Barbara Smith
Mar 5, 2017 Linda Swierczynski Be kind, be supportive, be charitable, help humanity. Please stop charging fees to charities and their donors. Thank you.
Mar 5, 2017 Louise Barr
Mar 5, 2017 Brenda Weber
Mar 5, 2017 Kim Ostermeier
Mar 5, 2017 Theresa Paradis
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) These credit card companies are thieves! To take a portion of a charitable donation is unethical and immoral.
Mar 5, 2017 paula morgan When customers give to charity please do the same by not capitalizing on the transaction.
Mar 5, 2017 Susan Palmer
Mar 5, 2017 Char Cook
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2017 Carole Ebner
Mar 5, 2017 Carolyn White Bad enough we're ripped off with fees and interest anyway, but sickening when it's applied to charities, who need the full donation.
Mar 5, 2017 Janet Kuech
Mar 5, 2017 Jane Wadsworth-Reyes
Mar 5, 2017 Barbara owen
Mar 5, 2017 Joan Sampson
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2017 Doretta Cornell I am outraged that you would steal from the neediest people on Earth. Shame on you!
Mar 5, 2017 Kathy Toner It's a tax deduction for the credit card company - where's the philanthropic spirit?
Mar 5, 2017 Paula Cash
Mar 5, 2017 Andrea Smith
Mar 5, 2017 Lone Fundby
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed) I understand that companies take a percentage in order to make their own business, but I would really appeciate if donations were exempt. And I would also use my credit card more often instead of bank transfer! Thank you.
Mar 5, 2017 Kay Beams Stop being greedy and give all the money donated to charities to the charity and stop collecting fees for all time. It's time to stop profiting from suffering.
Mar 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2017 Ray Morris

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