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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


Aug 23, 2017 Katrina Shawley
Aug 23, 2017 Diane M McCoy
Aug 20, 2017 Ellen & Vincent Fisher HOW LOW THIS IS! SHAME [WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY] WILL EXPLAIN WHAT SHAME IS in CASE YOU DON'T KNOW--- ON THE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES.
Aug 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Aug 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2017 Christine Gutkowski The money that you take and do not need could help those in need - less greed please !
Aug 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Lily Dayan Cimadoro
Aug 7, 2017 Jeannie Dixon
Aug 1, 2017 Roseann Maziarek
Jul 23, 2017 Jolie Graf
Jul 21, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 19, 2017 Lois A.
Jul 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2017 cate Abicht The rich keep getting richer.
Jul 13, 2017 cate renner
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) 100 % of charitable giving must go to the charities and the needy.
Jul 12, 2017 Cindy Howard
Jul 8, 2017 Edward FLOUNOY
Jul 5, 2017 Barbara Noble
Jul 5, 2017 Alicja Bożek
Jul 2, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Jun 29, 2017 Laura Altman
Jun 22, 2017 Jacqueline Rule
Jun 20, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jun 14, 2017 John Dalla
Jun 12, 2017 Linda Messer
Jun 12, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Mary Bost
Jun 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2017 Carol Benson
Jun 7, 2017 Suzi Jackson
Jun 2, 2017 Nat Aussenac
Jun 2, 2017 corine colt
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 20, 2017 julian kinghorn
May 19, 2017 Jennifer Greenidge
May 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2017 Dot Swiegers
May 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2017 CHRIS GILL
May 13, 2017 Cindy Snyder
May 10, 2017 Michael Seifert
May 8, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
May 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 7, 2017 Samantha Macleod
May 6, 2017 Alysa Waring
May 5, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri 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.

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