In 2013, the Call of Duty Endowment, a philanthropy founded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, set a goal to place 25,000 veterans in jobs within the following five years. The Endowment announced that it has accomplished this goal two years ahead of schedule.
Kotick founded the Endowment in 2009 to address the issue of veteran unemployment. The organization operates primarily through its Seal of Distinction program, in which Endowment funds go toward supporting non-profits committed specifically to placing veterans in high-quality jobs. Through this program, the Endowment places veterans for about one-fifth the cost of similar federal programs. “Twenty-five thousand veterans is equivalent to every individual recruited by the U.S. Navy in 2015, and we’ve achieved this goal by applying common sense business practices to philanthropy,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Endowment.
Moving forward, the Endowment plans to repeat the efforts of the last three years. “With U.S. veteran unemployment rates still well above the national average,” said Bobby Kotick, “we are committed to continuing our efforts and have established a new, ambitious goal to secure employment for 50,000 veterans by 2019.”
It’s good to see that, like the gamers who never settle for just good enough, the Call of Duty Endowment pushes itself toward this honorable new goal and seeks to increase its positive impact.
For more information or to donate, head over to the Endowment’s website.