Goodwill Southern California, Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier
Region, and NextOp, Inc. Recognized for Commitment to Veteran Employment
in the U.S.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Call of Duty™ Endowment ("the Endowment") is proud to announce the
selection of Goodwill Southern California, Goodwill of the
Olympics and Rainier Region, and NextOp, Inc. as the 2017
recipients of the Call of Duty™ Endowment Seal of Distinction, the
standard of excellence in the veterans' employment sector. Recognized as
a national leader in funding veteran employment by the Philanthropy
Roundtable, the grant program is in its fifth year and is key to the
Endowment's success in placing veterans at one-fifth the cost of U.S.
Department of Labor efforts. Winners each receive a $30,000 unrestricted
grant and the opportunity to apply for additional restricted funding,
advice, and support.
"Goodwill Southern California, Goodwill of the Olympics and
Rainier Region, and NextOp, Inc. do a tremendous job helping
veterans find high quality jobs that are a great fit for their talents
and needs," said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty
Endowment. "We're pleased to honor these high performing organizations'
impact with the Seal of Distinction."
Goldenberg added, "We are also excited to expand our Seal of Distinction
Program to the U.K. this year. We are looking forward to soon announcing
the U.K. winners and forging partnerships with these impactful
organizations, as well."
More about this year's U.S. winners:
Southern California serves veterans with vocational challenges by
providing education, training, work experience, and job placement
services. In 2016 they placed 752 vets throughout Los Angeles,
Riverside, and San Bernardino at an average cost per placement of
of the Olympics and Rainier Region's
Military and Veteran Services program assists transitioning military
and veteran families with job training and placement services by
providing individualized, holistic plans to help each participant
succeed with the goal of achieving career placement, retention, and
long-term financial education and stability. Last year, Goodwill of
the Olympics & Rainier Region's Military and Veteran Services program
placed 208 veterans at an average cost per placement of $1,076.
Inc. is a Houston, Texas-based non-profit organization that places
1.5 veterans per day into energy, construction, and manufacturing
careers. Their mentors help each transitioning veteran adjust to their
new roles and cultivate the necessary skills to excel, increasing
satisfaction and reducing turnover. NextOp has placed almost 1,000
veterans since inception in March 2015 with an average 2016 cost per
placement of $1,559.
The Seal of Distinction program would not be possible without Deloitte's
partnership and their thorough vetting of all Seal of Distinction
"Deloitte is absolutely essential to our Seal of Distinction model,"
added Goldenberg. "Together we identify top performing organizations and
ensure that more veterans get back to work."
"Deloitte is honored to assist with the Call of Duty Endowment for a
fifth year to help them identify organizations in the veterans
non-profit sector worthy of the Seal of Distinction," said Mark Goulart,
principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP. "Once again, the rigorous vetting
process, with an emphasis on metrics, transparency, and high standards,
has helped the Endowment identify organizations deserving of the
Goodwill Southern California, Goodwill of the Olympics, and Rainier
Region, and NextOp join a distinguished group of non-profit
organizations recognized by the Endowment for successfully serving
veterans in their search for high quality employment. In the last year
alone, organizations supported by the Endowment placed 11,615 veterans
into jobs at an average cost-per-placement of $619—less than one fifth
the cost of U.S. Department of Labor placement programs. Since the
program's launch in 2013, the Endowment and its grantees have placed
more than 39,000 veterans into full-time jobs.
This year's Seal of Distinction recipients join an elite list of
non-profit organizations that are winners of the Seal of Distinction and
making a major difference in the lives of our nation's veterans:
Applicants for the Call of Duty™ Endowment Seal of Distinction must meet
rigorous criteria to be considered, including opening their books to
provide extensive documentation about their job placement results. The
metrics assessed included number of placements made, average cost per
placement, average starting salary, six-month retention rate, key
employee background checks, and a variety of organizational financial
health indicators. All qualified applications were initially reviewed
and evaluated by the Endowment's outside Board
of Advisors. Semi-finalists were then independently assessed on a
pro bono basis by Deloitte and ultimately approved by the Endowment's
Board of Directors.
The Endowment's initial goal in the US was to identify and fund
best-in-class organizations to place 25,000 veterans in jobs by the end
of 2018. That goal was met two years early, and has subsequently and
ambitiously been revised to placing 50,000 veterans into high-quality
jobs by 2019. The Endowment launched its Seal of Distinction program in
August 2013 and to-date has awarded more than $23 million in grants to
previous Seal of Distinction recipients, and Activision Blizzard has
donated over $27 million to the effort since inception in 2009.
About the Call of Duty™ Endowment:
The Call of Duty™ Endowment is a non-profit foundation co-founded by Bobby
Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The 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. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment, please
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