SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Call of Duty Endowment today opened the nomination process for the 2014 Seal of Distinction, awarded 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 recognition is accompanied by a $30,000 unrestricted grant, as well as operational advice and support, with the opportunity to receive additional restricted funding to encourage further growth.
Organizations may apply for the “Seal of Distinction” now through August 5 by completing an online application http://bit.ly/1iZFdtg. Nominees for the Seal of Distinction must meet a number of criteria, which include:
- Organization must be a charitable, non-profit, with 501(c)(3) status;
- Mission must include directly assisting unemployed veterans to find jobs;
- Group must complete an application, provide requested documentation and be prepared to submit to verification procedures by Deloitte;
- Applicants will be assessed by the number of veterans placed in jobs, the quality of those placements, and the cost-per-placement, among other metrics.
All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Call of Duty Endowment; finalists will be independently assessed on a pro bono basis by the accounting firm Deloitte.
“The Seal of Distinction has quickly emerged as a critical and much-needed standard of excellence in the veterans employment sector,” said Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “Our grantees are models for efficiently placing recent veterans into high-quality careers that reflect their capabilities, typically at less than half the cost-per-placement that the federal government is able to achieve.”
The Call of Duty Endowment launched the Seal of Distinction in August 2013. The Endowment awarded $1.2 million in grants in 2013 to a total of 12 veterans employment nonprofits. At an average cost-per-placement of $1,286, these organizations helped 840 veterans find careers. This year, the Endowment plans to award more than $4 million in grants. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, post-9/11 veterans are 81% more likely to be unemployed than non-veterans.
“Our intense growth is due to Call of Duty Endowment’s penchant for proven metrics of outcomes and astute financial stewardship, as well as strict adherence to corporate governance,” said Deborah A. Kloeppel, founder and president of Corporate America Supports You (CASY), a 2013 Seal of Distinction winner. “The Seal of Distinction became our launch pad. We have been awarded other grants directly attributed to the vetting process the Endowment put us through. The Seal of Distinction is the model that all charity vetting processes should adhere to.”
“Progress is being made, but there is still a long way to go to ensure our young veterans find meaningful employment, especially in the face of continued military downsizing,” added Goldenberg. “We need to better prepare veterans to compete for available jobs, and we have to show employers the tremendous value veterans bring to the workplace. Our country, and our economy, will only get stronger when we afford veterans the career opportunities they need and deserve.”
About the Call of Duty Endowment:
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation conceived by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The organization 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 visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.
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