ACTIVISION BLIZZARD’S COMMITMENT TO VETS
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 $25 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 Kotick’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.
Activision Blizzard has intensely supported veteran employment efforts since 2009, and is committed to funding the placement of 50,000 vets into high-quality jobs by 2019 through the Call of Duty Endowment. The Endowment has also expanded its support internationally to the United Kingdom in 2017, attempting to ensure more of those who have served their nation in uniform are able to find meaningful careers.