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The Call of Duty™ Endowment Opens Its 2019 “Seal of Distinction” Submissions for U.S. and U.K. Organizations

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The Seventh Annual Award Consideration Starts Today Until June 11,
2019 in U.S. and U.K.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Call of Duty Endowment today begins its application process for the
seventh annual “Seal of Distinction” Awards, recognizing U.S. and U.K.
based non-profits that demonstrate the highest levels of effectiveness,
efficiency, and integrity in placing veterans into high-quality jobs.

The prestigious award for grantees is accompanied by a $30,000
unrestricted grant, as well as provides the opportunity to apply for
future funding. Last year’s winners were: Workshops for Warriors and FourBlock.

To be considered, organizations must complete an online application at: www.callofdutyendowment.org/seal

Applications will be accepted now through June 11, 2019. Nominees for
the “Seal of Distinction” must meet a number of criteria, including:

  • Organization must be a charitable, non-profit, with 501(c)(3) status
    (or, in the case of the U.K., a charity determined to have the
    equivalent status of a U.S. non-profit with 501 (c)(3) status);
  • Mission must include directly assisting unemployed and underemployed
    veterans to find high quality jobs;
  • Group must complete an application, provide requested documentation
    and be prepared to submit to verification procedures by Deloitte;
  • Applicants will be assessed by metrics including the number of
    veterans placed in jobs, the quality of those placements, average
    cost-per-placement, average starting salary, six- and twelve-month
    retention rate, key employee background checks, and a variety of
    organizational and financial health indicators; and
  • Applicants must not be a previous “Seal of Distinction” winner.

The “Seal of Distinction” is the preeminent standard of excellence in
the veteran employment sector. In the last year alone, organizations
supported by the Endowment placed 10,697 veterans in jobs at an average
cost-per-placement of $521.

We are honored to continue the ‘Seal of Distinction’ program into its
seventh year,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of
Duty Endowment. “2018 was a pivotal year for the Endowment. We hit our
initial goal of placing 50,000 veterans and have renewed our push,
setting the new goal of placing 100,000 veterans into high quality
careers by 2024.”

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Call of Duty
Endowment’s outside Board of Advisors. Semi-finalists will be
independently assessed on a pro bono basis by Deloitte, and ultimately
approved by the Endowment’s Grants Committee.

The Call of Duty Endowment launched the “Seal of Distinction” in August
2013. In its seventh year of operation, the program has awarded $32.9
million in grants to previous winners. With an ambitious goal of placing
100,000 veterans into high-quality jobs by 2024, the program has placed
more than 57,261 veterans into full-time jobs with a 2018 average
starting salary of $58,295. As a result, the Endowment has helped
veterans capture more than $3.2 billion in first year salaries and
demonstrated the value of veterans in the civilian workplace to
companies across the U.S. and the U.K.

About the Call of Duty Endowment

The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization co-founded by
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The Endowment seeks to help
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. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment,
please visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.

ACTIVISION and CALL OF DUTY are trademarks of Activision Publishing,
Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their
respective owners.

Contacts

Rachel Kahn
Activision Blizzard
Rachel.kahn@activision.com
310.581.4733

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