Cockrell Match Program

Cockrell Matching Gift Program

Scouting helps young men and women build character, citizenship and fitness. Developing youth who are physically strong, mentally awake, morally straight, has been the work of the Boy Scouts of America since 1910. Our efforts will be even more important in coming years. Read little Jimmy's story.

Scouting can benefit every youth, family and community in our nation, but expanding the scope and vigor of Scouting’s programs will require more financial resources.

Encouraging gifts to the Sam Houston Area Council’s permanent endowment is one of our council’s highest priorities. It ensures that our council will continue to offer the outstanding programs we now have and also be able to grow to meet the future needs of our youth and communities. Endowment is a means through which an individual or a group can financially invest in the ongoing work of the Boy Scouts of America within the Sam Houston Area Council. Unlike the annual operating support fund drive through the council's Friends of Scouting campaign, endowment gifts allow individuals and groups to make a financial commitment with a long term view to the work of the council in the form of either current or deferred gifts.  The James E. West Fellowship Award is the perfect way to honor a special Eagle Scout, Scouter, or friend.

The endowment is carefully managed by a corporate trustee, under guidelines given by Sam Houston Area Council's executive board. Endowment gifts are designed to be in addition to and not replace or diminish the donor's annual support of Friends of Scouting.

To encourage donations to the Sam Houston Area Council’s endowment, The Cockrell Foundation will be providing a dollar for dollar match of all individual gifts in the amount of $500 up to a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000 made to the endowment by December 15, 2015. The national endowment recognition, James E. West Fellowship award, and the Second Century Society recognizes supporters of the Sam Houston Area Council’s endowment. The mission is to raise one million dollars in support of the council’s endowment. All gifts to endowment will be included in the Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign.

Contribute to the Cockrell Foundation matching gift program by using the paper form for mail/fax or online using paypal, check, or a credit/debit card. If you are looking for a way to memorialize or honor someone below $500, visit the Memorial Tribute Fund program. Many corporations match employee contributions made to the Boy Scouts. Some companies even make financial contributions for volunteering time to Scouting.  Get the endowment's mobile app!

Make a Gift TODAY!

  • Paper form for mail/fax/pledges/payment plans or contribute.
  • Online using paypal, check, or a credit/debit card.
  • Ways to give with endowment giving alternatives for helping the council "Be Prepared."
  • The Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift Program will be recognized with a James E. West or Second Century Society Awards.


For more information about the endowment programs of the Sam Houston Area Council, please contact:

Jim Rees
Director of Development
(713) 756-3315