Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA, a Silver Spring-based nonprofit that provides services to ensure all people with disabilities and other special needs, including wounded warriors, veterans, and their families, has received a $250,000 grant from Activision’s Call of Duty Endowment, a private nonprofit foundation that supports groups placing former service members into rewarding careers while raising awareness of the value veterans bring to the civilian workplace.
The grant comes five months after the local chapter of Easter Seals received an unrestricted $30,000 grant for being named one of the Endowment’s inaugural “Seal of Distinction” award winners – an initiative launched to highlight nonprofit organizations proven to be the most effective and efficient at placing veterans into high-quality careers.
“We are thrilled to enter the next phase of partnership with Easter Seals,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment, in a news release. “When recognizing the inaugural Seal of Distinction winners, our goal was twofold: to recognize the top nonprofits in placing vets into careers and to help them grow. Through this grant, we are furthering our goal to place as many vets into jobs as possible and recognizing the continued excellence of the work Easter Seals does. We look forward to working with them in the time ahead.”
After receiving the Seal of Distinction award in November 2013, winners were asked to submit large-scale plans demonstrating what they would do with increased funding. As a part of the Call of Duty Endowment’s continued commitment to applying sound business principles to the veteran nonprofit space, the Endowment worked with Easter Seals in developing a proposal to help hundreds more veterans find meaningful work while ensuring every dollar has maximum impact.
“Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA is honored to receive this meaningful grant from the Call of Duty Endowment,” said Lisa Reeves, President & CEO of Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA. Since being named an inaugural Seal of Distinction winner – an award bestowed on the best-in-class nonprofits dedicated to hiring vets as efficiently and effectively as possible – we have worked hand-in-hand with the Endowment to develop a business plan to expand our operations. This grant will allow us to continue to grow, and more importantly, increase our ability to help place veterans into high-quality jobs.”
This grant is part of more than $4 million in veteran employment philanthropic gifts planned to be donated by the Call of Duty Endowment in 2014.