Know the Different Non-Profit and Club Patches

  • Non-profit organizations are organizations that are formed in order to promote, benefit, and stand for a cause. It is usually for a charitable or disease purpose. Now, there are about 1.4 million non-profit organizations worldwide currently in operation. This is where non-profit and club patches play their role.
  • There are different kinds of non-profit clubs. There are those who support public hospitals, schools and universities, research institutions, political organizations, labor unions and professional associations. Most of the clubs and organizations are philanthropic in nature. Some examples are the USO which serves as morale boosters for the US military, Salvation Army which helps in disaster relief to assist less fortunate people, Habitat for Humanity which builds low-cost housing for the downtrodden, and the American Red Cross which works to give medical care in cases of disaster. These organizations and clubs often have their own club patches.

    The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is a private, non-profit organization that provides recreational services, entertainment, and support to members of the military outside the U.S. with 140 centers worldwide. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Defense Department. It gets its funding from private contributions. USO patches are worn with pride.

    The American Red Cross (ARC), is a volunteer-led organization that provides disaster relief, emergency help, and education within the U.S. It is an affiliate of the Red Cross International Federation. There are different types of Red Cross patches to choose from.

    The ICRC, started in 1863, works around the world to provide humanitarian aid for individuals affected by armed violence or conflict and to promote laws that protect war victims. A neutral and independent organization was mandated by the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

    Rotary International is an umbrella organization of clubs with the name of Rotary Clubs found all over the world. The purpose of the association is to gather heads of business and professionals and offer charitable service and promote elevated ethical values in all professions and, ultimately, to help develop goodwill and peace worldwide. Rotarians are the name of the Rotary Clubs members. There is usually a weekly meeting done during breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This is a social event and a chance to sort out work on their service objective. Rotary Club patches differ from one country to the other.

    Motorcycle clubs like the infamous Hells Angels are perhaps one of the more exciting types of clubs because of their exclusivity and the danger and perceived risk involved in being a part of these groups that seem at times to function like gangs. Motorcyle club patches are a big part of the club experience, and these patches are not to be taken lightly. It is important to differentiate between riding clubs and motorcycle clubs, as not doing so can get you into trouble. Motorcycle club patches are only to be worn by actual members of those clubs, as the members can be very territorial because they had to earn their patches. Motorcycle club patches sometimes come as a three piece back patch.