Now entering its tenth year of operation, the Call of Duty Endowment has been singularly focused in its mission to help veterans find high quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market. With recent research by the Endowment showing one third of working veterans being underemployed, and a 59% increase in veterans asking for help, the organization has also sought to raise awareness of the value veterans bring to the workplace.
Thanks to the support of gamers, donors, and #CODNation fans, 2018 was another banner year for the foundation.
By completing its goal of placing more than 50,000 veterans (both across the United States and the United Kingdom) into well-paying jobs earlier than anticipated, the Call of Duty Endowment’s mission continues to have a vast and meaningful impact.
Call of Duty Endowment’s Impact: Highlights of 2018
With the help and support of our circle of donors and supporters, 2018 was an exceptional year for the Endowment. Highlights include:
The placement of 10,686 veterans into well-paying jobs throughout 2018, with a total of 54,426 veterans placed since 2009.
An average cost-per-placement in 2018 of $522; which is nearly six times as effective as United States Government efforts.
By a commitment to high performance standards measured on a quarterly basis, 93% of job placements were for full-time work, and there was an 87% six-month retention rate.
The Endowment helped fund 11 organizations, awarding a total of $5.2 million in 2018 grants, with $36 million in grants awarded since 2009.
The Endowment has received multiple awards and acknowledgements, including honors at the highly-competitive Cynopsis Social Good Awards, The Vettys, as well as GuideStar’s highest recognition for transparency and impact.
Activision Blizzard and the Call of Duty Endowment were also named the 2018 Gold Halo Award winner in the Social Services Category; the third time the Endowment has been recognized by the prestigious Engage for Good organization.
The Endowment continues into 2019 with an expanded scope of work, but with one overriding mission of providing the most tangible resource hundreds of thousands of veterans need: high-quality jobs.
Donating to the Call of Duty Endowment
Help the Call of Duty Endowment reach its goal of getting 100,000 veterans back to work by 2024, by donating HERE. You can also purchase the previously-released in-game Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4—Call of Duty Endowment Salute Pack, featuring a tag, sticker, gesture, calling card, and emblem (shown above). Rest assured, 100 percent of your donation or Salute Pack purchase goes directly to Endowment grantees; Activision Blizzard pays for any and all overhead costs.
Finally, if you are (or know someone who is) a veteran, transitioning service member, or service leaver requiring assistance in looking for employment in the U.S. or U.K., then visit the Veteran Support section of the Call of Duty Endowment website to be paired with a partner organization who can help in the job search.
Founded in 2009 by Bobby Kotick, the Call of Duty Endowment is a 501(c)(3) foundation supported by Activision Blizzard, its customers and consumers. For further information or updates about the Call of Duty Endowment, or if you’d like to place an online donation, visit the Call of Duty Endowment website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.