Patch Company Donations


This has been bugging me for some time so I thought I’d run it by the group and see what you think.


Those of you who order patches may know that Krelman Co. gives an annual Friends of Scouting donation to the council based on a percentage of patch sales from the council, ordered from Krelman of course. The donation amount is determined by a rate sheet with higher donation percentages pegged to higher total volume of purchases made during the year. Sounds like a good deal, right?


Because of this donation to FOS, the Scout Exec prefers that all patch orders go through Krelman so our total purchase volume through them is maximized and we get the highest donation rate possible. That makes perfect sense from his standpoint. The problem is that Krelman has been more expensive than other companies and I haven’t been totally satisfied with their art dept. compared to other manufacturers. The cost differential in an order of 300-400 OA flaps, for example, may be around $40-$50 which the Scout Exec feels we more than make back in the FOS donation.


What do others think about this arrangement? Props to Krelman for making FOS donations? Unethical kickback scheme? Savvy marketing to drive business their way? Just get over it? Meh, who cares? Let me know what you think.




Welcome to the world of buissness. Fortunately this kickback goes to the program rather than to some managers favorate charity or for season baseball tickets. This practice goes on all the time in the real world. Arm twisting at the highest levels for personal favors is the norm. I personally don’t like it and that is why I never tried to climb the ranks in buisness.


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By BigJim on February 23rd, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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