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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

Feb 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 22, 2017 Beth Wood
Feb 21, 2017 Jim Faulks
Feb 21, 2017 Christine higgins
Feb 21, 2017 michalla sutton
Feb 21, 2017 Jonas Fahlström
Feb 21, 2017 Jinny Malik
Feb 20, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Feb 20, 2017 Caterina Raviglione
Feb 20, 2017 libby berman
Feb 20, 2017 Sherry Davis
Feb 20, 2017 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 20, 2017 Edward Brannigan
Feb 20, 2017 Kenneth Budworth
Feb 20, 2017 Sheri Wolaver STOP NOW 😈
Feb 19, 2017 cheryl metzger
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 Noreen Newmark
Feb 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2017 Kristin Harder
Feb 18, 2017 Michael Broos
Feb 18, 2017 Melissa Smith
Feb 18, 2017 Debbie Davis CMKBD CAPS
Feb 17, 2017 Miska Knezevic
Feb 17, 2017 Shelley Dorgan
Feb 16, 2017 Tammy Ferrell
Feb 16, 2017 Denise Garner
Feb 16, 2017 T. Pussa
Feb 15, 2017 Chris Middleton
Feb 15, 2017 Julia Caliari
Feb 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 14, 2017 Heidi Moschetti
Feb 14, 2017 Bryce Smith
Feb 14, 2017 Linda Holland-Toll You make enough from other fees. Quit being greedy bankers and try for human beings.
Feb 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2017 Diane Plunkett
Feb 13, 2017 jackie grey
Feb 13, 2017 Susan Angrisani
Feb 12, 2017 Eva Wojcik Credit card companies already charge customers a rate of interest which people cannot match with any savings bank account or other individual investment. They should NOT be allowed to profit off the charitable endeavors of ordinary people.
Feb 12, 2017 Thomas Powers
Feb 12, 2017 Myrtle Reynolds
Feb 12, 2017 Elena Powers
Feb 12, 2017 sharon belson
Feb 11, 2017 Julia Earl
Feb 11, 2017 Nico Sandman
Feb 10, 2017 Caroline Peter
Feb 10, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 10, 2017 Diana Bode
Feb 9, 2017 Teah Batdorf
Feb 9, 2017 Roze McAlister

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