To commemorate Veterans Weekend (and following the success of the game the foundation was named after), the Call of Duty Endowment has announced that Activsion Blizzard will donate $3 million to the service, a charity set up by the uber-publisher to help returning veterans finding jobs once they leave the service.
“The Endowment has provided more than $1.5 million in grants and scholarships to many organizations and colleges throughout the United States,” Activsion said in a statement. “These funds have contributed to more than 700 veteran jobs, more than 2,500 veterans receiving job training, and more than 30 receiving scholarships.”
The charitable foundation was funded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in 2010. Activision previously donated $2 million to the fund, and since its inception, the Endowment has given over $1.5 million in grants and scholarships to various veterans services.
The service also awarded a $250,000 grant to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation. “The grant will support the Chamber’s Hiring our Heroes program and allow the National Chamber Foundation to host hiring fairs in 25 cities nationwide in 2012, which is expected to result in at least 3,500 jobs for veterans.”
It has been a good month for Activision, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 quickly became the best-selling game of the year, and made a lot of money in the process. A whole lot of money. In fact, it has become the biggest entertainment launch in the history of entertainment. Some might call that it a success. With over $400 million in sales in one day, and more profits to be had over the coming weeks, Activision and Call of Duty are sharing the wealth and helping out Veterans at the same time. You can find out more about the Call of Duty Endowment at their website.