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Call of Duty Endowment launches award for non-profits

Call of Duty Endowment launches award for non-profits

Tue 27 Aug 2013 7:37am GMT / 3:37am EDT / 12:37am PDT
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Grants on offer for those finding work for veterans

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The Call of Duty Endowment has created a new Seal of Distinction award to reward charities that have proved particularly successful finding careers for war veterans. The first batch of winners will be announced over the next four weeks, and each will receive an unrestricted grant of $30,000.

"Our goal at the Endowment is to invest in groups that have demonstrated exceptional effectiveness at placing veterans into high quality careers," said executive director Dan Goldenberg.

"Our new Seal of Distinction opens the door to give the best organizations an opportunity to showcase their success and access more resources."

Submissions are now open for all charities which meet the requirements, and will close on September 27. Deloitte, which has partnered with the Call Of Duty endowment on the scheme, will help to select the finalists

The first winner is the US Chamber Foundation in Washington, DC.

"Since our inception in 2011, the US Chamber has prudently spent our donors' investments to create as many jobs as possible for our veterans," said executive director of the Chamber's Hiring Our Heroes program Eric Eversole.

"We are proud to receive The Call of Duty Endowment's Seal of Distinction as further proof that we stretch every dollar to make the biggest impact."

The Call of Duty Endowment was a pet project of CEO of Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick, and has since gone on to raise millions for veterans. In April the company donated $2 million, and raised a further $1.7 million through the sale of Call of Duty dog tags. At the time the fund reported it had found jobs for 1000 veterans and trained 2500, and had given away $3 million in grants to help servicemen and women.

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