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.

2013 Results

We are proud to report that 135 donors gave $297,451 to the Cockrell Match Program in 2013. The Cockrell Foundation will match dollar for dollar all gifts to Endowment from $500 to the lifetime cumulative maximum of $25,000. The Cockrell Foundation has renewed the Cockrell Match Program for 2014.

VIP Endowment Reception at Scout Fair

The Sam Houston Area Council and The Cockrell Foundation cordially invite all Endowment donors to a VIP / Endowment Reception at Scout Fair on April 12, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Stockman's Club at Reliant Park, One Reliant Park, Houston, TX.  Please RSVP  by April 8.  Please mark your calendar to attend, even just to learn more about the Endowment of the Sam Houston Area Council.

Register for VIP Endowment Reception

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 December 15th, 2014. 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 3000 donors and make presentations across the Council. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Devin.Koehler@shac.org. The additional Endowment will further the programs of the Sam Houston Area Council and help kids like DeAndre. Please consider a gift to Endowment and help us "Be Prepared" by making a pledge or gift today.

There is a Mobile App available to learn more about the Cockrell Match Program and the Endow NOW Campaign. Scan the QR Code or click on the link provided. Learn more about how the Endowment of the Sam Houston Area Council is used to further of the Cause of Scouting by visiting the Endowment Stewardship webpage. Or, join us on Twitter. Share the story with your friends of Facebook or other social sites.

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.

James E. West Fellowship Award  

James E West Fellowship Society Members from 1993 - 2013 will be recognized two years on the endowment recognition wall in the Cockrell Scout Center and be listed in the recognition book.

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. Your information will remain confidential and there is no financial commitment.

Wills & 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, & CFRE’s are invited to attend this CPE / CLE course.  You will receive credit hours and a certificate of completion will be issued.

More Information

For more information about the Endowment Programs of the Sam Houston Area Council, please contact:

Devin D. Koehler, CFRE
Senior Development Director of Endowment
(713) 756-3321