Call Of Duty Endowment Seal of Distinction
Walking With The Wounded is one of the first UK charities to receive the Call Of Duty Endowment Seal of Distinction.
Today, the Call of Duty™ Endowment announced that Walking With The Wounded and RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity are the first UK recipients of the Call of Duty™ Endowment Seal of Distinction, the standard of excellence in the veterans’ employment sector. We will each receive a $30,000 unrestricted grant as well as the opportunity to apply for additional funding, advice, and support. Together with the RFEA, we will join a distinguished group of non-profit organisations recognised by the Endowment for successfully serving veterans in their search for employment.
“Meaningful employment is the single most important way to ensure that service members successfully transition back to civilian life,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “The Seal of Distinction recognises RFEA - The Forces Employment Charity and Walking With The Wounded as go-to organisations for veterans seeking high-quality jobs, and models for veteran-serving organisations to emulate.”
The Endowment’s initial goal in the US was to identify and fund best-in-class organisations to place 25,000 veterans in jobs by the end of 2018. That goal was met two years early, and has subsequently been revised to placing 50,000 veterans into high-quality jobs by 2019. The Endowment launched its Seal of Distinction programme in August 2013 and to-date has awarded more than £17 million in grants to previous Seal of Distinction recipients, and Activision Blizzard has donated over £20 million to the effort since its inception in 2009.
Commenting on the award Edward Parker, Co-Founder and CEO of Walking With The Wounded said: “We are hugely honoured to receive this recognition and the award. Since the inception of the Endowment, we have seen the positive impact and influence it has made in the US for ex-service personnel, and I’m delighted that, as result of this expansion to the UK, now British ex-servicemen and women will also benefit from such support. This award means a great deal to the work we do, and we know what a great difference it will make.”
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, retention rates, key employee background checks, and a variety of organisational financial health indicators. All qualified applications were initially reviewed and evaluated by the Endowment’s outside advisory team. Semi-finalists were then independently assessed on a pro bono basis by Deloitte and ultimately approved by the Endowment’s Board of Directors. For these reasons we are extremely proud to have been awarded the Seal of Distinction.