Activision Blizzard has donated $2 million to the Call of Duty Endowment, a foundation dedicated to helping returning vets from Afghanistan and Iraq find decent employment in the currently rough job market here in the United States by providing scholarships, grants, and other services related to finding gainful employment. The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization and was founded by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick in 2009.
In addition to the $2 million donation, Activision Publishing also helped to raise $1.7 million in donations for the Endowment by selling limited edition Call of Duty dog tags. Those dog tags went on sale in November of 2012 for $4.99 each.
"We are committed to our veterans," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said. "They put their lives on the line for our freedom and security. They all have unique experiences, skills, and capabilities that should be highly desirable to any employer. Sadly, more than 20 percent of our youngest veterans remain out of work. The Call of Duty Endowment helps raise awareness of the considerable advantages employers gain from hiring veterans and, though a network of NGO's, finds jobs for veterans. We proudly support its efforts."
"These funds are essential to supporting the Call of Duty Endowment's new 'chapterization' strategy," added Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Call of Duty Endowment. "This approach provides grants to organizations with a track record of effectiveness and the ability to scale operations by opening new offices — or chapters — that provide employment services to veterans."