The Call of Duty Endowment was born in 2009 from a conversation Bobby Kotick had with former VA Secretary Jim Nicholson. He mentioned to Secretary Nicholson that a philanthropic foundation was planning to build a performing arts center on the grounds of the VA facility in West Los Angeles that would offer special benefits to veterans. His response was, “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.”
That conversation served as a catalyst, and in learning about the joblessness statistics at that time – 50,000 of the 150,000 service members returning to civilian life couldn’t find jobs – the Call of Duty Endowment was soon launched with the mission to place veterans into high-quality careers.
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.
In 2017, The Call of Duty Endowment is proud to announce that we are expanding our efforts internationally, to the United Kingdom. These efforts will focus on providing employment support to veterans of Britain’s armed forces, with the goal of finding them high-quality jobs that fully leverage their experience, character, skills and education.
Activision Blizzard's Commitment to Veterans
The Call of Duty Endowment is supported by Activision Blizzard. To date, Activision Blizzard has donated more than $25 million to the Endowment.