Activision pledges $2m to Call of Duty charity

Activision pledges $2m to Call of Duty charity
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

April 9th 2013 at 11:22AM

Publisher has raised almost $3m for organisation in grants and scholarships since inception

Activision Blizzard has donated $2 million to the Call of Duty Endowment charity.

The non-profit organisation was set up in 2009 to help US army veterans find employment by offering career counselling, placement and training.

As well as the $2 million donated, Activision has raised a further $1.7 million for the charity from sales of limited edition dog tags, which went on sale in November last year.

The donation was presented by Xbox during the Call of Duty Championships, which took place between April 5th and 7th in LA.

"We are committed to our veterans," said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick,.

“They put their lives on the line for our freedom and security. They all have unique experiences, skills, and capabilities that should be highly desirable to any employer. Sadly, more than 20 per cent of our youngest veterans remain out of work.

“The Call of Duty Endowment helps raise awareness of the considerable advantages employers gain from hiring veterans and, though a network of NGO's, finds jobs for veterans. We proudly support its efforts.”

Call of Duty Endowment exec director Dan Goldenberg added: “These funds are essential to supporting the Call of Duty Endowment's new 'chapterisation' strategy. This approach provides grants to organisations with a track record of effectiveness and the ability to scale operations by opening new offices - or chapters - that provide employment services to veterans."

The Call of Duty Endowment charity was set up in 2009 by Bobby Kotick, and has raised nearly $3 million in grants and scholarships since it was founded.

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