The Call of Duty Endowment expands its veterans charity to the U.K.
The Call of Duty Endowment, a charitable fund dedicated to identifying and funding best-in-class organizations that place veterans in jobs, is expanding its operations to the United Kingdom.
“Our expansion to the UK was a natural move–with a long-standing ally whose armed forces have served so closely with those of the US,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Endowment.
To fund UK Endowment programs, Activision announced that The Call of Duty Endowment Double Duty Calling Card for Call of Duty: Black Ops III is available in the UK. Designed by Treyarch, the animated Calling Card allows players to view a service member transform before their eyes from a uniformed warrior to a civilian on their way to work. In addition to the animated Calling Card, the pack includes three rare supply drops. All proceeds received by Activision as a result of sales of these digital items to UK consumers will go towards Endowment programs dedicated to finding veterans high quality work.
The organization began with a conversation between Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, and former Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson. Kotick mentioned that a philanthropic organization was building a performing arts center on the grounds of a West Los Angeles VA facility. Nicholson responded: “That's stupid. Our real priorities are finding jobs for veterans and improving their healthcare. I think if we could redirect people's energies and efforts for job creation, that would be a better use of capital and better for veterans.”
As a result of that conversation, the Call of Duty Endowment was launched to address the fact that over 50,000 of 150,000 veterans could not find jobs upon returning to civilian life. Since 2009 (the year of Modern Warfare 2’s release), the Endowment has placed over 37,000 veterans in jobs with a median salary of $57,000, which is extremely impressive considering that the national median is $30,240. The Endowment spends less than $619 per job placement, as opposed to the $3,083 government price tag for the same placement. Notably, Activision Blizzard pays for the Endowment’s entire overhead cost and 100% of all donations go directly to the fund.
If you’re a veteran looking for a job, you can apply here.