Activision-Blizzard Donates $2 Million to Call of Duty Endowment

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Apr 08, 2013 11:02 AM EDT

"Call of Duty" publisher Activision Blizzard donated a whopping $2 million to The Call of Duty Endowment, an organization designed to raise awareness and help secure jobs for veterans.

The donation was announced at the Call of Duty Championships that took place over the weekend.

"We are committed to our veterans," says Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, "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% 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."

In addition to the donation, Activision managed to raise another $1.7 million from the sale of limited edition dog tags, which were made available right around the time of "Black Ops 2's" launch.

Kotick started the Call of Duty Endowment in 2009. Since beginning, it's managed to provide almost $3 million in grants and scolarships to veteran organizations and colleges, helping to provide job training and placement to over 3,500 veterans.

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

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