The Sixth Annual Award Consideration Starts Today Until June 1 in
U.S. and U.K.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2018--
The Call of Duty Endowment today begins its application process for the
sixth 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 the opportunity to apply for future
funding. Past beneficiaries include: Goodwill Southern California,
Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainer Region, NextOp, RFEA, and Walking
With the Wounded.
To be considered, organizations must complete an online application at: www.callofdutyendowment.org/seal
Applications will be accepted now through June 1, 2018. 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’s employment sector. In the last year alone, organizations
supported by the Endowment placed 11,974 veterans in jobs at an average
cost-per-placement of $504.
“We are honored to continue the ‘Seal of Distinction’ program into its
sixth year,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty
Endowment. “We’ve seen a growing demand from veterans for help securing
high quality careers—a 60% increase last year alone—and we’re committed
to finding and funding the highest performing non-profits that
successfully address this challenge in both the U.S. and U.K.”
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 sixth year of operation, the program has awarded $27.6
million in grants. With an ambitious goal of placing 50,000 veterans
into high-quality jobs by 2019, the program has placed more than 46,000
veterans into full-time jobs with an average 2017 starting salary of
$58,000. As a result, the Endowment has helped veterans capture more
than $2.3 billion in first year salaries and demonstrated the value of
veterans in the civilian workplace to companies across the U.S. and the
About the Call of Duty Endowment
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization 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
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