The Call of Duty™ Endowment (www.callofdutyendowment.org) (“the Endowment”) is a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and funding the most efficient and effective organizations that help unemployed veterans get to work. Their mission is to help veterans find high quality careers.

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The Call of Duty Endowment (“the Endowment”) is unmatched in their efforts as they support groups that prepare veterans for the job market and they raise awareness of the value veterans bring to the workplace. To date they have funded the placement of more than 50,000 veterans into meaningful careers, a goal reached a full year head of schedule. They do this by infusing business principles within corporate philanthropy. 

The Endowment’s veterans have an average starting salary of $58,000+, 91% are are placed into full-time work, 88% stay in their jobs for at least 6-months, and 86% of those served are post-9/11 vets. Our veterans have secured employment with major companies worldwide including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Amazon, Microsoft, SpaceX, Swift Transportation, Apple, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Delta, IBM, Deloitte and Nike, just to name a few. In 2017, the Endowment’s average cost to place a veteran in a high quality job was 1/6 that of the U.S. Department of Labor’s efforts.

The Endowment, in partnership with Deloitte, is responsible for a program called the Seal of Distinction, which identifies the highest performing employment VSOs. The Seal of Distinction is the standard of excellence in the veterans’ employment sector and is recognized as such by the Philanthropy Roundtable, in chapter one of their book, Uniform Champions, profiling best practices in the veterans’ space. To date, the program has awarded more than $24 million in grants to Seal of Distinction recipients. 

In addition to Activision Blizzard’s generous support of the Endowment (including 100% of its operating costs), the Endowment executes significant annual fundraising , 100% of which goes directly towards veteran employment grants. Their main yearly fundraiser leverages Activision Blizzard’s globally successful Call of Duty™ franchise via an event called The #CODNATION Challenge (formerly the Race to Prestige). This is a multi-day, 24-hour stream of the latest Call of Duty game, and throughout the event featured gaming personalities encourage viewers to donate to the cause (last year over $250,000 was raised). The Endowment also partners with companies such as GameStop, Sony, Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft, Costco, and more for in-store donations and other support. In partnership with Activision’s studios producing Call of Duty games, they also produce personalization packs, inclusive of specialty calling cards and emblems, with all Activision proceeds going towards veteran employment grants. 

The Endowment received multiple recognitions in 2017, including earning GuideStar’s Platinum status (their highest level of recognition for impact and transparency), Engage for Good’s Halo Award, Cynopsis’ Social Good Award and the Streamy Purpose Award. Recently they received another Halo Award and were included in People Magazine’s annual ‘50 Companies That Care’ list. 

Last year, the Endowment announced an expansion of efforts internationally, to the United Kingdom. These efforts focus on providing employment support to veterans of Britain’s armed forces, with the goal of finding them high-quality jobs that fully leverage their experience, character, skills and education.

In a continued effort to raise awareness of the issue at hand, the Endowment partnered with ZipRecruiter to complete an eye opening study regarding the true state of veteran unemployment and underemployment. A study that directly challenges the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, the most commonly referenced economic indicator. Pulling from millions of active job seekers on the ZipRecruiter platform and analyzing the resume data of more than 6 million job seekers (547,941 of whom were veterans), it was found that veteran job seekers are still struggling to find meaningful employment after service – with nearly 1/3 experiencing what they defined as “underemployment,” or employment below their objective skill level.

The more than 50,000 veterans placed and $2.6 billion in annual salaries captured by our veterans and their families is only the beginning. The Endowment and Activision Blizzard’s commitment to veterans remains strong, recently announcing that it will double down on its efforts and commit to a new goal of funding a total of 100,000 veteran job placements by the end of 2023.


2017 CODNation Challenge (“Race To Prestige”) featuring cast (Josh Duhamel): https://bit.ly/2MJOwx3

WWII Veterans video: https://bit.ly/2OHF4Mi 

Call of Duty™ WWII Cast Supports Veterans: https://bit.ly/2QNJliX 

ZipRecruiter Study: https://bit.ly/2OGqsgn 

People Magazine Recognition: https://bit.ly/2NNCeEK