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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

Aug 17, 2018 Heidi Steffy
Aug 16, 2018 Kristina Cunha
Aug 16, 2018 Susan Kamin
Aug 16, 2018 Paul Statman
Aug 12, 2018 Lynette Schultz
Aug 11, 2018 Andrea Bertram
Aug 10, 2018 Jane Darter
Aug 6, 2018 Tamara Bragg
Aug 5, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Aug 3, 2018 Laurie Williams
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Carmen Rodriguez
Aug 1, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Aug 1, 2018 Lois Shubert
Aug 1, 2018 Chris Nuzum
Aug 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2018 Joan Kelly
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2018 Fran Fulwiler Credit card companies profiting from charitable donations is morally wrong and should be illegal.
Jul 26, 2018 William McMullin
Jul 23, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
Jul 19, 2018 Shelly Van Lanen
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 11, 2018 Christina Arnemann
Jul 6, 2018 Joanne Hart
Jul 6, 2018 Holly Putman You rat bastards! You’re making enough off all the interest you charge people!
Jul 5, 2018 Jennifer York
Jul 3, 2018 Mariah Oyondi
Jul 2, 2018 Caryl Sawyer Until these blood suckers change their policies, I'm donating with a check!
Jul 2, 2018 Weber Barbara
Jul 2, 2018 Samantha Heatherly
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 28, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 27, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jun 22, 2018 Dena Shelangoski
Jun 19, 2018 Lynn Brown
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
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

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