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.

Learning from exemplary leaders, engaging programs, and timeless values, Scouts work to improve themselves and their communities. For many, positive attitudes and attributes learned as a youth will continue throughout life. Today’s Scouts will become tomorrow’s leaders in the trades and professions, business, education, government, and all walks of life.

Encouraging gifts to the Sam Houston Area Council endowment is one of our highest priorities. A gift to endowment ensures that the council can continue to offer the outstanding programs we now have and also grow to meet the needs of our youth and community for the next 100 years.


For the donor, a gift to endowment says, "Scouting is important to me and my family." It says that Scouting truly is a movement with a mission for me. It is more than an organization; it is a way of life. It is what we say and do in the spirit of the Scout Oath and Law. The Sam Houston Area Council Endowment exists to ensure the council's long-term financial health. Our goal is to raise $500,000 being matched by The Cockrell Foundation. Your support will help us meet the current and future goals of the Sam Houston Area Council..

Cockrell Foundation Matching Gifts

Thanks to the generosity of the Cockrell Foundation, individual gifts from $500 to a lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Take advantage of this program now until June 1st, 2016. When matched one for one, the endowment funds will return to Scouting on an annual basis for the next century of Scouting following the spending policy of the Sam Houston Area Council. We have developed an endowment promotions committee to help make personal asks to over 3,000 donors and make presentations across the council. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact donnell.cooper@scouting.org. The additional endowment will further the programs of the Sam Houston Area Council. Please consider a gift to endowment and help us "Be Prepared" by making a pledge or gift today. All gifts to endowment are included in the Leaders of Tomorrow major gifts campaign.

Make a Gift TODAY!

  • Make a gift using a paper form for mail/fax/pledges/payment plans.
  • Contribute online using paypal, check, or a credit/debit card.
  • Learn about alternative ways to give to the endowment.
  • Cockrell Foundation Matching Gift Program participants will be recognized with a James E. West or Second Century Society Awards.

James E. West Fellowship Award  

James E West Fellowship Society Members from 1993 - 2014 will be recognized two years on the endowment recognition wall in the Cockrell Scout Center and be listed in the recognition booklet.

Financial Planning Seminars

In an effort to help Scouting families and supporters prepare for the future, the endowment committee of the Sam Houston Area Council offers the following complimentary educational seminars. These seminars are for educational purposes only. Contact information will remain confidential, and there is no financial commitment.

Wills and Trusts Seminars: Learn the benefits and importance of having a will and/or trust and how it can support your loved ones or organizations close to your heart.

Professional CPE Seminars All CPA's attorneys, and CFRE's are invited to attend this CPE / CLE course. Participants will receive credit hours and a certificate of completion.

Endowment Awards

The Sam Houston Area Council endowment committee has earned the Endowment Achievement Major Gifts Award for 2011-2014 and gold level requirement #3 of the Journey to Excellence Award.



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

Jim Rees
Director of Development
(713) 756-3315