Our Mission

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

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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.

Our Results


Veterans placed in jobs since 2009


Endowment's average 2022 cost to get a vet a good job (1/13th the cost of the U.S. Department of Labor's efforts).


Average starting salary for veterans placed by our partners.

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 2022, our grantee organization’s average cost to place a veteran in a job was $618, about 1/13 of the cost of U.S. 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 and 12-month retention rates
  • 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.

Learn About Our Founding Story

Where the money goes

Activision Blizzard pays for all the Endowment’s overhead costs.


of donations received go directly to Endowment grantees.

Activision Blizzard's Commitment To Vets

The Call of Duty Endowment is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by Activision Blizzard. To date, the company has donated more than $40 million to the Endowment, which has successfully placed over 125 ,000 veterans into high-quality jobs through more than $73 million in grants.

Co-founded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in 2009, the Call of Duty Endowment was born out of the realization that veteran-focused projects often emphasized symbolism, such as creating monuments and naming public parks in honor of veterans, rather than what almost all veterans really needed: tangible resources that would help them find jobs. To this day, employment is the top service requested by veterans, but only makes up less than 1/10 of 1% of the US Government’s veteran budget.

Finding an effective way to fund this overlooked area of support in the veteran community became imperative to Activision Blizzard. Bobby’s vision came to fruition in November 2009, when Activision Blizzard launched the Call of Duty Endowment with a commitment to raise funds and awareness for the issue, and give back to the real-life people that inspire Call of Duty.

The Endowment is backed by distinguished military officials such as co-chairman General James L. Jones , a highly experienced military leader with over 40 years of military and veterans affairs expertise, and Executive Director CAPT Dan Goldenberg , a retired U.S. Navy veteran and seasoned business executive who helped launch the "Seal of Distinction" grant program in 2013 to recognize organizations successfully placing veterans in quality jobs.

In 2017, the Endowment expanded its support to the United Kingdom, aiming to help veterans find meaningful careers. After reaching its goal of placing 100,000 veterans two years ahead of schedule in 2022, the Endowment is committed to placing the next 100,000 veterans. As of October 2023, the Endowment has placed more than 125,000 veterans into high-quality, high-paying jobs.

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