‘Call of Duty’ endowment opens submissions for 2021 Seal of Distinction

The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization co-founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The Foundation seeks to help Veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and raising awareness of the value Veterans bring to the workplace.

The prestigious award for non-profit organizations comes with an unrestricted grant of $ 30,000 and offers the opportunity to apply for future funding. Due to the circumstances related to COVID, there was no submission process for 2020. The 2019 winners were: ForcesUnited, Upstate Warrior Solutions, and Goodwill from Upstate Midlands in South Carolina.

To be considered, organizations must complete an online application here. Applications from US-based nonprofits will be accepted until August 29, 11:59 p.m. PT. Applicants for the “Seal of Distinction” must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The organization must be a charitable, non-profit organization with 501 (c) (3) status
  • Mission to include direct assistance to unemployed and underemployed veterans to find high quality jobs
  • The group must complete an application, provide the requested documentation and be prepared to undergo verification procedures by Deloitte
  • Applicants will be assessed based on parameters including number of veterans placed in jobs, quality of those internships, average cost per internship, average starting salary, six and twelve month retention rate, checks history of key employees and a variety of organizational and financial health indicators
  • Applicants do not have to be a past winner of the “Seal of Distinction”

The “Seal of Distinction” is the gold standard of excellence in the veteran employment sector. In the past year alone, organizations supported by the Endowment Fund placed 15,446 Veterans in jobs at an average cost per placement of $ 515.

“After an unprecedented year, we are honored to bring back the Seal of Distinction for 2021,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of Call of Duty Staffing. “This is a crucial year for the employment of Veterans and we look forward to rewarding new high performing organizations in our space with the recognition they deserve.”

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Call of Duty Endowment External Advisory Board. Semi-finalists will be independently evaluated on a pro bono basis by Deloitte, and ultimately approved by the Endowment Fund Grants Committee.

The Call of Duty Endowment launched the “Seal of Distinction” in August 2013. In its eighth year of operation, the program awarded $ 51.8 million in grants to previous winners. With an ambitious goal of placing 100,000 Veterans in high-quality jobs by 2024, the program has placed over 85,000 Veterans in full-time jobs with an average starting salary of $ 60,050 in 2020. As a result. , the endowment has helped veterans capture more than $ 4.8 billion in freshman salaries and demonstrated the value of veterans in the civilian workplace to businesses in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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