Activision Blizzard donated $2 million to the Call of Duty Endowment, announcing their commitment to supporting the organization at the Call of Duty Championships in Los Angeles this past weekend.
In addition to the donation, Activision Publishing has helped to raise $1.7 million in donations for the Endowment by selling limited edition Call of Duty dog tags. The tags went on sale in November 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."
The Call of Duty Endowment supports war veterans by working to find them high-quality employment upon their return home. The non-profit organization was founded by Kotick in 2009 and has since provided close to $3 million in scholarships and grants to help men and women returning from service transition into stable civilian careers.