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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

Oct 26, 2016 Mark Bonaparte
Oct 26, 2016 Rita Surdi
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Oct 25, 2016 Melissa Hawn
Oct 25, 2016 Eileen Peterson
Oct 25, 2016 Lori Romeo
Oct 25, 2016 Annette Blom
Oct 25, 2016 Stacey Tegtmeier
Oct 24, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Oct 23, 2016 Jenna Miles
Oct 23, 2016 Laura Hazen
Oct 23, 2016 Darlene Eaton You make enough profit on people like me who can not pay there monthly bills in full, a long with charging companies a fee to allow their customers to use these machines NOW you profit from donations? This a just plain greed, do the right thing and change
Oct 23, 2016 Sandy Amador
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Oct 17, 2016 Marie Bernier anything for a buck, right?
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Oct 16, 2016 Marleen Paulus
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Oct 15, 2016 Wayne Bognar
Oct 14, 2016 Sara Camacho
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Oct 11, 2016 Cheryl Young
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