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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


Jun 15, 2018 Patricia Duncan
Jun 13, 2018 Shelley Waltman
Jun 12, 2018 Pallas Dieter-Brabant
Jun 12, 2018 Richard Atkinson
Jun 8, 2018 Anne Bekkers
Jun 7, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 5, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 2, 2018 Stephanie Spiers
Jun 2, 2018 Rui Silva
Jun 1, 2018 Vincenzo Taffoni
Jun 1, 2018 Candice C
Jun 1, 2018 James Kuhn
Jun 1, 2018 keely gleason
Jun 1, 2018 Bonita Easley
May 29, 2018 Haroldo Widmann
May 25, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 20, 2018 Martha Griffith I couldn't have said this any better myself. I will write a check before I will use a credit card to give a donation because of this practice. You don't need the 3%; surely you can contribute something to charity also.
May 20, 2018 Edward Fulke STOP robbing Non Profits of needed funds
May 16, 2018 Danuta Baziuk
May 16, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
May 11, 2018 William Schultz
May 10, 2018 Gwen Shepperson
May 10, 2018 Liz Menges
May 10, 2018 Melinda Matheus
May 10, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 9, 2018 Lillian Chancey How disgusting!! The card companies make more than enough money, already, on their cards. They should leave the donations alone!
May 6, 2018 Brian Kelly
May 6, 2018 Murray Kaufman
May 5, 2018 Janine Vinton
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 Lucy Kelly
May 3, 2018 Dianne Brekhus
May 3, 2018 Sara Vilhena
May 2, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 2, 2018 Shannon Lowe
May 1, 2018 Janine Jensen
Apr 26, 2018 Teresa Rust
Apr 20, 2018 Brecken Laliberte
Apr 19, 2018 LINDA FANCHER
Apr 19, 2018 Samantha Wilson
Apr 19, 2018 Nancy Seay
Apr 18, 2018 Pam Wallace
Apr 16, 2018 Janvie Cason
Apr 16, 2018 Merrilee Feuerhelm These companies should not be charging people donating to charities. If cash were still relevant, most people would donate that way. Please STOP credit card companies from charging charities a fee to process their donations!!!!
Apr 14, 2018 carolann lightcap
Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Raza
Apr 12, 2018 Alicia Orr
Apr 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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