SANTA MONICA, Calif.(BUSINESS WIRE)
The Call of Duty Endowment today opened the nomination process for its 2015 Seal of Distinction, which the Endowment awards to non-profit veterans’ organizations that demonstrate the highest levels of effectiveness and efficiency in connecting recent military veterans with meaningful career opportunities. The Seal of Distinction, which has become a hallmark of high performance in the veterans’ nonprofit space, is accompanied by a $30,000 unrestricted grant. Up to five organizations will be awarded the Seal of Distinction this year.
“The Seal of Distinction is the preeminent standard of excellence in the veterans’ employment sector,” said Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “Our past winners are extremely effective at placing recent veterans into highquality careers, at less than one third the average cost of federal vet job placement programs.”
Organizations may apply for the Seal of Distinction now through August 7, 2015 by completing an online application at http://bit.ly/1Rvvknx. Nominees for the Seal of Distinction must meet the following criteria:
- The organization must be a charitable nonprofit, with 501(c)(3) status;
- Its mission must include directly helping unemployed veterans find jobs; and
- The organization must complete an application, provide requested documentation and be prepared to submit to verification procedures administered by the accounting firm Deloitte. Applicants will be assessed by the number of veterans placed in jobs, the quality of those placements and the costperplacement, among other metrics.
The quality of Seal of Distinction awardee placements is high. Previous awardees place veterans, on average, in positions with starting salaries above $41,250. Ninetyfour percent of placements are fulltime, and 87 percent have a retention rate of at least six months.
The Call of Duty Endowment was founded in 2009 and has funded job placements for over 12,000 veterans. It launched the Seal of Distinction in 2013 and last year awarded $4.9 million total in grants to 11 veteranfocused employment nonprofits, which helped 7,773 veterans find careers, at an average costperplacement of $901.
Goldenberg added, “Young post-9/11 veterans are 79% more likely to be unemployed than non-veterans. With over 47,000 nonprofits aiming to help vets, performance standards like our Seal of Distinction are very important. Funders want to know that resources are helping the most veterans possible, and vets want to connect with organizations most likely to jumpstart their careers.”
All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Call of Duty Endowment and its advisory board; finalists will be independently assessed on a pro bono basis by Deloitte. Only winners of the Seal of Distinction are eligible to apply for larger, restricted grants from the Call of Duty Endowment. While the Seal of Distinction conveys third party validation of exceptional performance, it does not guarantee subsequent additional funding.
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 organization seeks to help veterans find highquality 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 visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.
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