The Call of Duty Endowment identifies and funds the most efficient and effective organizations that get unemployed veterans back to work.




The unemployment rate for young post-9/11 veterans is over 17.3%.

On the one hand, vets are faced with employers who don't understand their skills and qualifications; and on the other, vets struggle to explain how their military skills, training, and experience apply to civilian jobs.

Research shows that veterans actually perform higher and have a lower turnover rate than average in the civilian workforce.



The Call of Duty Endowment helps veterans find high quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace.

Learn more in our annual report.


The Call of Duty Endowment has set an ambitious goal of getting
25,000 vets back to work by the end of 2017.






Veterans placed in jobs since 2009





Endowment’s average 2015 cost to get a vet a good job
(vs. $3,000 spent by the government)





Average 2015 starting salary for veterans placed by our partners (national average is below $29,000)


Our Approach

The Call of Duty Endowment uses a performance-driven approach to fund organizations delivering the highest standards of quality and cost-efficient veteran job placement services. Beyond funding, we partner with our grantees to provide an array of advice and support aimed at maximizing their impact.

In 2014, our grantee organizations’ average cost to place a veteran in a job was $901, less than 1/3 the cost of federal government efforts. This is made possible by a commitment to high performance standards that are measured on a quarterly basis, including:

  • Cost per placement
  • Average starting salary
  • 6-month retention rate 
  • Full-time vs. part-time employment

In addition to supporting its grantees, the Endowment is committed to highlighting high performance in the veteran employment space through its Seal of Distinction program, which provides both a $30,000 prize and national recognition to winners of the award.


Activision Blizzard pays for the Endowment’s entire overhead.


of online donations received go directly to Endowment grantees.



The Call of Duty Endowment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation supported by Activision Blizzard. To date, Activision Blizzard has donated more than $16 million to the Endowment.

The Call of Duty Endowment was co-founded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. In 2007, during a veterans initiative in Los Angeles, Bobby came to the realization that veteran projects too often focused on symbolism, such as creating monuments and naming public parks.

Few, however, provided the tangible resource veterans most needed: jobs.

Bobby’s concern led him to lay the groundwork for the Endowment. At that point, he also recognized the momentum the initiative could have if he coupled it with the enormously popular Call of Duty brand. Bobby’s vision came to fruition in November 2009, when Activision Blizzard launched the Call of Duty Endowment with a commitment to donate and raise millions of dollars for the cause.

In 2012, General James L. Jones was introduced as co-chairman of the Call of Duty Endowment. A former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, European Command/NATO Commander, and Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, General Jones brings over 40 years of experience in military and veterans affairs to the Call of Duty Endowment.

Learn more about our leadership team.



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