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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. In 2007, 1stLt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis' legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, "If Not Me, Then Who..." Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation's heroes live on in the next generation.

Target demographics: Veterans, Survivors, and our nation's youth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300,000 Youth are currently living the "If Not Me, Then Who..." Movement, empowered over 60,000 Veterans and Survivors, and united over 100,000 Spartan members.

Geographic areas served: We are a national organization.

Programs: Character Does Matter, Operation Legacy, Leading with Your Strengths, and Expeditions.

Community Stories

158 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Michelle T.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered the Travis Manion Foundation during a shadowing experience in their Philadelphia office and I was immediately inspired by the work they do. While I am not directly involved in the US Military myself, my grandfather served in the Army for most of his life, so growing up I was always reminded of the importance of our military, as well as the challenges that they face that might remain unknown to American citizens. TMF has done a tremendous job educating our youth about these challenges by using our very own veterans and their stories. Personally, I feel like my involvement with this organization has made me a better person by teaching me resilience & deepening my desire to help people. I got involved with TMF right before the pandemic so I haven't been able to attend any in person events yet, but I am so excited to do so this fall. My mentors in this organization so far have been nothing but helpful and supportive as I learn more about the nonprofit world and I look forward to volunteering with TMF for years to come!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found my TMF family after I lost my husband from his military service. From grieving full-time to finding a purpose again, I credit TMF with supporting me while I found ways to grieve, grow, move forward and honor my husband's service and legacy. From survivor expeditions which impact communities to rucking my first ever marathon at the MCM, I have found a place and a tribe with other families of the fallen and veterans. I LOVE that I have found my own way to serve others while honoring my husband's service. It is an amazing organization. I am now moving forward with them again and working on my own leadership skills through their leadership program while helping myself and the organization continue to impact and serve more and more communities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cant say enough about the impact TMF has had on my life. It all started with getting to know the family of a fallen comrade and has turned into a meaningful change in my attitude, character, personal life, and career. It is easy for me to align with TMF's goals and core values and it is easy to see the impact they are having on this countries veterans, families and youth. I've been able to volunteers as a "Spartan" and also lead "Op's Legacy" service projects. I was able to serve on an "Expedition" dedicated to gold star families. And more importantly Ive been given the opportunity to better myself by learning leadership and mentor skills enabling me to turn around and influence others that "Character does Matter". Once you get involved with this organization it is hard not to get pulled in by the mission and get more and more involved serving others.

Donor

Rating: 5

A few years ago a friend of mine challenged me to do a 10K run with him, and I agreed to it bc it was associated with TMF and I had heard about this “local” charitable organization.
When I attend the run I was stunned to see how many people turned out and how well organized it was. During the welcome I sat in the stands and got to hear about Travis, his family, and the way they have turned their devastating loss into a mission that brings so much gain to so many people. I had no idea that this “local” charity was already national in scope. So, Im truly proud on a number of fronts. First, TMF employees exude a motivation for their mission and clearly they do their work in a first class and transparent manner. From working in the non-profit world, I know that getting to where “they” are is rarely done without a depth of integrity. Second, it is fair to say that TMF’s star shines brightly on this community at large and I think that theres now a sort of mutual care that TMF and the local community share in furthering each others betterment. That’s a pretty cool place to be for a profit or nonprofit ! Finally, I love a good success story , especially those that are born out of hardship or make it through struggle. Way to go TMF. Happy to know you and proud to be your neighbor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Travis Manion Foundation has been an outstanding organization to be involved with. As a Marine Corps veteran, I have been able to find a community of others who are so willing to serve and to step up and do what is needed or necessary to help others in need. I have not felt this sense of belonging and community since I left the Marines. TMF allows me to serve in a capacity that suits my strengths but also helps me to work on areas that I am not so strong in. I love the time I get to spend with other TMF mentors from across the country and always look forward to the next event/activity whatever that may be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about the Travis Manion Foundation as I was retiring from active duty. During a challenging transition to the civilian sector, the Travis Manion Foundation gave me the opportunity to have purpose and meaning in my life. I found my mission by volunteering as a Character Does Matter mentor to our youth. The Travis Manion Foundation also afforded me the opportunity to lead a community service project to honor the sacrifice of a fallen soldier. This non profit does tremendous work for our community, and provides incredible opportunities for our veterans. Please consider donating to this non-profit using CFC Code #15968. You can go to the Travis Manion Foundation website and see exactly where your donations goes, as this is a very transparent organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are 180 Degree Farm, a nonprofit organization that grows organic food for cancer patients in our community. We donate organically grown food to those in need of healthy, clean food but do not have the financial means to change their lifestyle. Many of these patients are or were in the military.

We have been blessed to have two major projects completed at the farm by The Travis Manion Foundation this year. The first project was in February. The TMF team was a so positive and energetic, focused on helping us feed more cancer patients in our community. They built (10) 32’ x 4’ raised beds and filled them with soil. This will help us grow up to 10k lbs more organic veggies per year and will have a tremendous impact on cancer patients in our community.

They came back to the farm later this year and built two decks. These decks will be used as a retreat for cancer patients, allowing them to enjoy the farm from a shaded area, taking in the sites and sounds. This is a mental and emotional escape, which our patients desperately need.

We are so grateful for the generosity and love from this amazing organization. I can’t say enough about TMF and the wonderful people who work there. We have made friends for life and the impact of these two projects will be felt for many years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Travis Manion Foundation. I have known of them for over 10 years and have spent the last 6 as the Lehigh Valley 9/11 Heroes Run Race Director. They have not only provided support for our heroes run but they have personally impacted me as well as my children. My son is a graduate of USNA and currently in flight school and my daughter is a sophomore at the academy this year. The foundation has some of the most honorable, compassionate and service oriented leaders I've ever met. Sodexo, my employeer has now engaged with TMF on a national level as well - supporting our heroes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the greatest organization. EVERY person I've met who is part of the Travis Manion Foundation has a true passion to serve. They are amazing. I've been a race director for the 9/11 Heroes Run for the last 3 years. My son is at the Naval Academy and has a history with the foundation since Travis went to the academy so that is why I started to get involved. It's truly an amazing organization. I just can't say enough about their passion to serve our service men and woman and families of the fallen.

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Kit K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Growing up in Doylestown afforded me the ability to see what the Travis Manion Foundation does first hand. Upon moving to FL, I was able to become more involved as a race director for the Heroes Run, help with some Op Legacy events and even attend their character does matter presentations. Every aspect of TMF is professional and treats all those involved with the upmost respect. I look forward to working with them for years to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Travis Manion Foundation is unlike any other organization. They prioritize making an impact on not only the present generation, but also leaving an impact on generations to come. They do so by ensuring everyone that they reach has a better understanding and is able to take action on having better character and in return building better communities. With all of the disconnect and misguiding happening in the community right now, the Travis Manion Foundation bridges the gaps between different communities and shows the world that the priority should be coming together and helping one another and being the best version of yourself as possible. I had the opportunity to lead an event in partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation in which we connected their character development session with the adaptive sports program that I worked with. We connected the concepts of identifying and utilizing character strengths with how they can advocate for themselves, and the disability community as well as how to be a better teammate and leader in their given adaptive sports. The TMF team was very receptive to my idea and helped me make it happen. They were willing to jump in and try out the adaptive sports alongside of our athletes and made it a great event. They not only teach their mission but they live it as well. Each member truly lives by "if not me... than who?"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love TMF and what it does for communities as an organization! I really like how the help veterans and Gold Star families make a transition or help them become leaders in the communities that they live in. All the people that I have met and work at TMF have been absolutely fabulous!! They have a heart for what they do and far exceed what I expected. I was taken into the fold and given all the resources I needed to pursue helping and volunteering with TMF and in my community. I was selected to be part of the Spartan Leadership Program in Cohort 2 and it has literally changed my life. I have met SO MANY AWESOME people and made lifetime friends in the process! I will spend the rest of my days being a Travis Manion Foundation ambassador and will help TMF in whatever way I may be able to!

Zachary C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A good friend of mine told me about TMF a few years back, so I took notice. I watched him from afar as he plunged into his post-military service and I admired his commitment. A few years later, I started donating to TMF and finally participated in an event. That event changed everything. The people. The people were amazing. I immediately gravitated towards this group of individuals who were so committed to giving back. Shortly after, the leadership reached out to me about the Character Does Matter (CDM) program and it took me about half a second to say yes. Since then, I have felt the full force of good that TMF offers. Working with kids to grow the next generation has been an outlet that I recommend everyone explores. Growing the next generation of leaders is terribly rewarding! I highly recommend TMF to anyone who is interested in getting back in the fight. If not me, then who...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Travis Manion Foundation likely saved my life. In 2018 after my father was killed the Parkland School shooting and I was leaving the Marine Corps I was lost in my life and found it lacking purpose. Then TMF reached out to me and offered me a way to turn my grief into purpose with a new community and family like I had found in the military. The mission of inspiring future generations of leaders through character is a noble one that benefits the children we mentor and the veterans, Gold Star families, and inspired civilians who have found their purpose in this work. I will forever be indebted to this amazing organization for being a beacon of light in my darkest hour.

Jessica G.14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Travis Manion Foundation is a wonderful organization that goes above and beyond for the veteran community. They are great to work with and work tirelessly to make sure projects and fundraisers are fully supported. I can't see enough good about who they are, what they stand for, and the positivity they spread.

Shorwitz007

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TMF has been instrumental in improving the quality of my life after separating from service as a law enforcement officer. It's provided the opportunity to mentor youth and engage with my community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Travis Manion Foundation has exceeded my expectations. As a former law Enforcement Officer I was looking for a place where I could continue to serve in a meaningful way. Unlike many other Veteran Service Organizations, TMF opened their doors to me. They have so many different programs and opportunities to serve. Now I get to give back to the kids in my community and continue to make a difference.

Neal S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with TMF because I knew Travis at the Naval Academy. But I am so proud of what this organization has done to bring our communities together and develop our youth. My kids attended most of the Virtual Character Does Matter Training while being home schooled and they were incredible. The 9.11 Heroes Run/Ruck is a great way to build community and remember those that sacrificed from and after 9.11.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TMF is an outstanding, well-run organization that benefits both the communities it serves, and the volunteers it attracts. Personally, I've truly benefited from the experience of volunteering with TMF, both because of the direct, positive difference I've seen it have on young people, and because its given me a chance to connect with fellow veterans while working for a great cause.

USMCangel

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to the Travis Manion Foundation by the DFW chapter leader Dion Brugger during the first Fish Creek Cleanup Challenge in January 2019. Since then Dion has become a staff member as the Central Region Manager and Sam Horwitz has become the local chapter lead. Meanwhile I have become an Ambassador for TMF, Character Does Matter mentor, #CharacterIsntCanceled presenter and 911 Heroes Run DFW local race director.

Over the past two years what I have gained personally far outweighs anything I have done with TMF. With pep talks from Sam and Dion as well as support from not only other TMF Spartans but even organizations we partner with such as TMC, I have been able to give and give back in a way I had not dreamed was even possible before. I absolutely love how TMF works with other veteran service organizations, youth organizations, community partners and individuals. While the Character Does Matter presentations are meant to educate youth on their character strengths, how they can develop them and use them in their lives and their communities; I too have learned these things as well. My life now has a sense of purpose and direction as well as I have many awesome people to look up to as role models and inspiration. Some of these awesome people I get to work side by side with through various opportunities with the Travis Manion Foundation.

The best part? There are so many best parts! I find myself struggling to adequately express how great being a part of the Travis Manion Foundation has been, is and the impact it's not only had on me personally but those around me and my community. I can't begin to imagine the number of lives that have been changed. If I give a Character Does Matter presentation to a class of students, I may never know the impact that might have in the life of one of our youth who had no role model to look up to. When I participate in Operation Nourish and we feed 500 families that day, we are giving more than food; we are giving hope. When we have a fund raiser, I may not know how that money is spent but I know it's done so in a responsible manner that truly gives back and pays it forward. When calling fellow Spartans during Covid19, I can never truly know if one of the dozens I talked with will go on to change the life of another. I have seen the look of pure joy when someone was relieved that there was really food for them at the food pantry. I have experienced great gratitude and hugs for simply just showing up. My heart was full of joy when I'd hang up from an hour long phone call to a fellow Spartan who was lonely during social isolation. I have felt the appreciation when I have given someone my "If Not Me; Then Who" bracelet. And each time I talk with a group of students about character strengths and role models, I have great hope for each and every one. Some get it that very day and with others I pray that I'm planting seeds. I'm honored and proud to be a Spartan volunteer. I'm grateful for each and every opportunity. And TMF has many opportunities to participate!

I am not a TMF employee but I will speak from what I have seen and heard. The people I know that work with TMF have nothing but awesome things to say. "Dream Job" with a dream company. Not once have I heard an unkind or less than complimentary word about TMF from anyone who works with them in a paid capacity or otherwise.

From community partners I have heard nothing but great things. And as I volunteer with other organizations, I'm also a community partner with TMF. While some may tell me, "Angel, you need to cut down some of what you're doing." TMF and my local leadership encourage volunteering with other organizations. Each time I have gone to TMF leadership, they've always come through to support whichever community partner has a project or event happening. And they do so with enthusiasm.

It is an honor and blessing to be a volunteer with the Travis Manion Foundation. I write this review in the hopes that others too can benefit from being involved with TMF. "If not me; then who?"

Dibbs C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with TMF! The mission is something we all need right now! I am
So happy to be apart of this wonderful team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps veterans mentor the next generation of Americans.

1 Emily M.13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Travis Manion Foundation is remarkable organization that has become a big part of my life. I've been inspired by their mission to honor veterans and families of the fallen through service. I've witnessed firsthand how the TMF team and programs have given people purpose and meaning in their lives. The "If Not Me, Then Who" ethos is embodied in all aspects of my involvement with TMF.

1 Kelly F.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joining the Travis Manion Foundation as a volunteer race director in 2013 was truly a life-changing experience for me. I was looking for a way to make a difference in my community and also find a way to honor a fallen local hero. Taking on the challenge of hosting the 9/11 Heroes Run in Madisonville, Kentucky has been an amazing experience over the last 8 years. I'm happy that through our event, so many MORE people have learned about the amazing programs offered by the Travis Manion Foundation; so many more than just the 9/11 Heroes Run (which is also amazing, and truly beneficial to our local first responders through the funding we receive). Our local schools have participated in the Character Does Matter program every year except 2020 (due to covid) and our community has participated in Op Legacy projects. I feel that Hopkins County is better because of our partnership with TMF!

1 Karen Liu E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the TMF Family for over 4 years and I can say that I have found my tribe. The dedication they have to our communities and building character in future generations is second to none. Every TMF employee is committed to doing good and being good for a purposes higher than themselves. They put tremendous amounts of detail and focus into their student programming, how they engage with their volunteers, and the support they give to veterans and families of the fallen. Their nationwide 9/11 Heroes Runs focus on honoring those we lost on 9/11 and since then in the GWOT. Every employee and volunteer is of the highest character and I'm proud to stand alongside them as we challenge ourselves to unite communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Far exceeding expectations would be an understatement for the Travis Manion Foundation. Travis Manion and I went to school together and both joined the Marine Corps and I still remember the day we got the news. I have participated in 9/11 Heroes Runs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas and I have been a part of many forms of outreach with TMF, both for veterans and family members as well as members of our community. In addition to the amazing work that this incredible foundation accomplishes for so many communities, the people they employ, board members, and volunteers alike are all incredible people that embody making this world a better place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my experience, Travis Manion Foundation is the best of the best on all fronts. But most notably they care immensely for the funds they take in. After seeing first hand how they handle their business and take care of those in need, and then looking at their impeccable financials, I am even more impressed. I have witnessed the impact they make, and they will be able to continue that for many years to come because of how much they take care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering as a Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes run race director in 2013 and have continued that work ever since. I live in a small family oriented community and I love being able to get together on a Sunday morning in September with family, friends and neighbors to remember 9/11 and our heroes both local and around the country. I have met so many amazing people both in the Travis Manion Foundation and through supporters of the 9/11 Heroes run. I look forward to working with that Travis Manion Foundation for years to come.

1 Kristi D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Travis Manion Foundation is a class act organization. The national leadership has a wonderful way of distilling the overall message into ways that connect directly with all of the communities involved. Under the banner of TMF, our group has had the opportunity to generate service project that some others may see as too small (collecting and donating pet supplies to a local no kill shelter) or too dirty (building and maintaining mountain bike trails in an impoverished area of the city). TMF sees the value of these projects and encourages us because “If Not Me, Then Who?”

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Travis Manion Foundation at Marine Corp Marathon
expo in 2014. I remembered reading about Travis and Brendan in Parade Magazine. I started following the TMF Facebook page and they were looking for race directors for 9/11 Heroes Run so I became one and started the only one in The State of Alabama in Athens, Al. I have been involved with several Operation Legacies in our area and have ran the Marine Corp Marathon in 2017 and 2019 for TMF. I BeLieve in this Foundation so much that they are the #1 Charity that I donate to. Everyone at TMF treats you with so much respect and shows you how much they care about you and appreciate what you do although that is not why I do it. I do it to honor all our fallen and their families, veterans and military. I love “If not me, than who...” ethos. If everyone lived by this motto the world would be a better place.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Travis Manion Foundation for about two years now. I believe it is an amazing organization that truly empowers the future of America and encourages selfless activity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first encountered Travis Manion Foundation at the Marine Corps Marathon in 2011. I was there to cheer on some of my former patients running their first marathon on prosthetics or on handcycle. I was looking for a way to stay connected to a veteran-related group and I was really moved by their mission. Fast forward, and I have been with the organization as a mentor for 5 years and it has counted among some of the most memorable moments in my life. I still love the mission, and look forward to many more years of memories and growth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Travis Manion Foundation for 3 or 4 years now. I am involved as Mentor in Character Does Matter program, I have sponsored community service project through their Operation Legacy program and I have been a race director for their 9/11 Heroes Run. Their mantra "If Not Me, Then Who..." was what first drew me to TMF. I really appreciate what they do for veterans, offering them opportunities to still serve, only now in their communities. I also appreciate that they include and have programs for Gold Star Family members.
Working with TMF is not a one way street. They invest in their volunteers. I was offered an opportunity to go on an all expense paid, week long expedition in the mountains of Colorado with other TMF volunteers to discuss how we are impacting our communities and to help us develop into more impactful leaders in our own communities.

1 Michael C.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shortly after moving to San Diego with the Navy, I came across a book at the bookstore detailing the life of Travis Manion. Upon completion I reached out to the local chapter for the Manion foundation and began participating in various volunteer programs. Anytime I had the opportunity to volunteer I jumped at the chance. One of the bigger programs I got to be a part of was the, Character does matter program. Working with various youth groups in the area, it was great to be able to share my experiences and provide that positive role model. It was also great to see the bright minds of todays youth pave the way for bright future. The Travis Manion Foundation is great for those serving to continue to give back in off time as well as veterans looking to still serve and give back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE TMF!!! i have had the absolute pleasure of working with TMF for 2 years now and I still get excited with every group that I work with. During this pandemic, TMF has helped give me a sense of purpose by working with different youth organization to spread the "If Not Me, Then Who" message. The sense of camaraderie that I feel with the other TMF mentors and staff is unlike what I have had before. They truly become your family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2015 to 2016 I was in Iraq as part of an Advise and Assist Team. We established Camp Manion in honor of Travis. In 2018 my wife and I began volunteering with the San Diego chapter of the Travis Manion Foundation. We enjoy participating in the Character Does Matter program where we join other veterans in mentoring young men and women in our area. We volunteer aboard the USS Midway and share our story with the kids. It is a great feeling to inspire and motivate and be a role model to others. The Travis Manion Foundation is a great organization for veterans who are looking to remain connected after leaving active duty. My wife and I are proud to be a part of this foundation.

1 Dion B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2015, I was seeking to grow both personally and professionally. I was researching answers to self generated questions for a online edX course and discovered the Travis Manion Foundation. I was inspired to subscribe and find out more. I became an "Character Does Matter" Mentor in March 2017 at the first training offered in the DFW,TX area. I instantly felt a connection with the mission and mantra "If Not Me, Then Who..." TMF is the first organization since I separated the Marine Corps in 2004 that truly empowers me to serve others in meaningful ways. I continue to develop new relationships and grow through serving, uniting & empowering others. I am forever grateful to have discovered Travis Manion Foundation.

If you are seeking to grow personally, professionally and to empower future generations, join the mission. https://travismanionfoundation.force.com/s/join-the-mission

Dion Brugger
Travis Manion Foundation
Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex Chapter Lead
DFWChapter@TravisManion.com
https://www.travismanion.org/
C: 469.556.2447
"If Not Me, Then Who..."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing things happen when the Travis Manion Foundation empowers you to realize your true potential, to reconnect with a purpose and to pass along lessons of character to our next generation.

Introducing the "If Not Me, Then Who..." mantra to people inspires and creates stronger and more unified communities. You are a leader everyday whether you realize it or not. Your actions influence everyone around you. Begin making each day matter. Service doesn't require a uniform. It requires character. Join the mission today. https://www.travismanion.org/join-the-mission/

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization with highly impactful initiatives, engaged volunteers, and inspiring leaders. Perhaps most unique and significant is that TMF seeks to BRIDGE the Civ-Mil gap by uniting communities, sharing the stories of our Nation's fallen, and educating younger generations. Many Veteran Service Organizations serve Veterans...TMF serves Veterans, Civilians, Gold Star Families, America's children, underserved communities, and everyone in between!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found TMF because I wanted to run the Marine Corp Marathon. I stayed because I believe in their motto, "If Not Me Then Who...", and their mission to elevate the character of the next generation. Volunteering with the foundation has helped me find purpose after hanging up my military uniform and empowers me to give back to my community. I am energized when people recognize the logo when I wear it and share how the foundation has impacted them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Son Dante Lewis was taken from me while serving in the Navy on July 15,2016. This has been one of the hardest obstacles to face. Losing someone you love, let alone a child can put you in a really dark place, to the point where you can be surrounded by 1000's of people and still feel alone. A TMF member approached me and invited me to not forget my son but to ensure his legacy goes on forever. They helped with programs such as CDM training, and the Positive psychology. They have taught me to be a better Father to my other children, to be a better human with others and to be a better listener to my community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They always say that their run is more then just a charity 5k. Every year we do as many 9.11 Heroes Runs as we can and the Hero WOD. Doylestown, Philly Navy Yard, Cooper River Park, Feasterville and West Chester are all awesome runs supporting a good cause for our veterans and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Every experience I have had with TMF has been excellent. The veterans, first responders and Gold Star families are all incredible humans that give so much through action. The action is service and I am better just from being exposed to the mission of building character.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization with an amazing mission, building character in our youth while honoring our fallen heroes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with TMF in 2018, when I attended their Transition Workshop initially then signed up for the Character Does Matter Mentor training. I really believed in their mission of empowering veterans and families of the fallen to impact our youth and future generation of leaders. I POC the 2018 Run As One in April and helped with the Character Leadership Course with Gold Star Kids near Ft. Hood at Lake Belton last summer.
In October I was honored to start a new TMF chapter in San Antonio. So for the past six months or so, I have conducted several Operation Legacy service projects in our community plus hosted several Rucking events.
TMF makes a difference to those that need it. Their mission is unique and fills a void that is much needed.
Next month I am conducting a Character Does Matter Presentation to High School ROTC Cadets to teach them about why Character is important.
Getting involved with TMF has changed my life and I am looking forward to continue to make a difference in my community!

1 Monica J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son attended the Teen Expedition in June 2018 and had the best experience honoring his Dad while rebuilding a home in Texas. He didn’t know what to expect going in but left with life long friends and wanting to attend next summer. It really made him feel useful to help rebuild a home and learn life long skills that his Dad never had the chance to teach him. I really saw my son mature during this trip and I am so grateful for the opportunity. Lord knows I can’t do it alone.

Kevin C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TMF has a profound impact on families, the community, and our service members. They provide a sense of purpose and of meaning. Truly unmatched in their demographic and I know I will be a TMF Ambassador for life!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After my husband was killed while serving in the Marines, TMF was always available to assist with any needs that arose. They encouraged me to build a legacy my husband would be proud of, and ultimately helped shovel me out of a very deep hole of grief. They are truly a top-notch nonprofit.

2 Ryan V.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found TMF in late June of 2016 when I was looking for both a cause to support and a 5k, to get into running. I found both in the (Alexandria) 9/11 Heroes Run. Since then I have been blessed to meet amazing people, and get to call them friends, and I have also been able to volunteer my time with an amazing organization as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing foundation that does so much for so many. I got involved with the TMF in September 2016 through one of their 9/11 Heroes Runs, and I am continually blown away by all that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across the Travis Manion Foundation at MCM2014 and started following their page. I believed in what they are doing for our fallen and their families and veterans by carrying on Travis's and others legacies and promoting community leadership. I became a 9/11 Heroes Run Race Director for Athens, Al and headed up OP Legacy in 2016 and WOD in 2018 so that I could promote this great foundation in my community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the "Voice of Navy Wrestling" I not only knew Travis (and several of his family members) during his time at the United States Naval Academy, I was able to announce him during his entire competitive career. The work of the Travis Manion Foundation is therefore very close to my heart and by volunteering as a Community Ambassador, the Race Director for the Annapolis 9/11 Heroes Run and Operation Legacy Project Leader, I am able to honor Travis and all that he stood for in very unique ways. I am thankful to have that opportunity through the Foundation that bears his name.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I love most about TMF is their unrelentingly dedication to the organization's core missions. While it receives tons of national press, the Manion family is incredibly humble and takes the extra effort to sincerely show their appreciation to each and every volunteer and supporter. Their unwavering commitment to develop future leaders who will take a stand, build a legacy, and always remember the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice is incredible. Being a part of the TMF Family is one of the greatest honors of my life.

1 Will.L

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with TMF for over a year now. Since staring with them, I’ve met some incredible people and been exposed to awesome volunteer opportunities. Its been very apparent through every volunteer session that the material presented is effective. I’ve also seen the impact the organization makes during community service projects. I have enjoyed being a volunteer and see myself with the organization for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) back in June 2018. The presenters told us how they used positive psychology as a method of influencing people to become better versions of themselves. I joined the organization in July since I saw how much they were giving back to my local community. I did my first event with TMF this Friday, and felt extremely fulfilled to see how well the high school participants we coached did, and felt about the program. Most of the participants had no connection to the military, but they were really sold on the principles TMF presented of "If not me, then who", which was a calling for them to improve the community.

Matt F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TMF truly empowers Veterans to get after it and do good in the communities in which they live. There are not many, if any organizations that can make this claim....certainly not on the scale that TMF is doing. Rooted in service above self, TMF is inspiring Vets to bring so many value centered ideals and lessons learned in the military that are so crucial to everyday life. This organizations has kids cleaning up neighborhoods, building homes, putting together community 5k runs in honor of our Nation's and Communities' heroes, learning about character, courage, integrity, leadership, and discipline. TMF gives vets a mission and sense of purpose that so many of them miss when they exit the military. TMF=5 Star non-profit through and through.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Travis Manion Foundation and the City of Mesa Police Department Youth Development Unit with Ben Alexander a U.S.M.C. Veteran completed a 3 phase project.
Over 125 youth participated in the TMF Character Matters presentation and then went out and lived it.
They served at the home of an 84 yr old widow of an Army Veteran. Removing debris, demolishing a wooden fence, rebuilding the fence, landscaping and painting.
It was an amazing experience to see these youth come together and setve someone in their community. Ms. Helen was brought to tears when she saw her new backyard. More then a fence was built on this project. Friendships, character, work ethic and integrity were all developed.
It was an honor to be a part of this team and see the many lives that were changed through TMF.
#IfNotMeThenWho

1 Priscilla M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Travis Manion Foundation is the top nonprofit in the veteran space by far. The leadership & staff exemplify the values and mantra of the organization and their commitment to veterans, families of the fallen and our youth and communities is evident.

As a veteran, I appreciate what the organization does to assist transitioning veterans, the sense of purpose their mentor program provides and their tireless advocacy on behalf of the military-connected community.

1 Heather M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an ambassador and part of the Coronado, Ca chapter. I want to be a part of a world that includes any and all individuals. The fact that I can do a lot of volunteering with my fifth grader who also embraces the “If not me, then who” means a lot! This picture is a picture of Grandpa Colonel her friend she has met volunteering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a part of and seen the impact of the Travis Manion Foundation first hand. I had the honor to serve with Travis personally and to see his legacy live on through his words of "If not me, then who" has been inspiring to me and to so many others. I have personally met and heard the stories of dozens of veterans and military family members that have been inspired by his message and it is humbling to see the impact that Travis's spirit continues to have to this day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended two TMF programs. Both were amazing. TMF gives people a chance to serve their community. From leadership programs to rebuilding homes. TMF is amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with TMF has been a humbling and rewarding experience! Its staff is experts in their field, always ready to help through any challenge, and the volunteers the foundation attracts are top notch people, who live the If Not Me Then Who ethos in their everyday lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Really brought out a passion in serving others to myself, and not only did TMF build a sense of self-fulfillment, but it also helps give back to others in many ways

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I learned about the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) after I read the book, "Brothers Forever." Having lost a daughter at birth myself, Trinity Lombardo, and a nephew at 4 1/2 to bone cancer, Adam Wayne Drabek, I could relate to the anger Col Manion must have felt with the loss of his brave son. Instead of throwing out the "white flag" & being consumed in self-pity, Col Manion, a selfless servant for decades, was determined to honor his son Travis by turning his tragedy into a legacy of service to others! I have been affiliated with the TMF for a year now, having completed TMF Ambassador training about 6 months ago. Wearing the TMF "If not me than who" band, I am amazed at the dedication, commitment, & drive of the people I have met intentionally & accidently in my travels, including Gold Star mothers who deeply appreciate the memory of their sons being kept alive in a worthy cause. A former Marine myself & current FBI Agent, I know the best way to honor our fallen is to live a better life & encourage our youth to be more focused on "outcome" rather than "income," meaning they chose to serve others first....not themselves! I am honored & privileged to support TMF with my finances & my time, honoring our fallen by getting engaged in supporting & inspiring the next generation of servant leaders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TMF has my commitment for life because they are committed to strengthening this nation one young man & woman at a time!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud donor, supporter, and volunteer for the Travis Manion Foundation, an organization that does amazing work in supporting our nation's veterans and Gold Star Families as well as building character in our nation's youths. This nonprofit continues to do amazing work to enrich the lives of our servicemen and women and to develop the next generation of leaders.

1 Maureen E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Travis Manion Foundation was absolutely transformative in my journey back into civilian life. Their focus on developing the content of the Nation's character demonstrates their desire to build a better, stronger nation. The leadership has supported me in my journey as an ambassador and a veteran. The opportunity to participate in service projects has filled that desire for service the military impressed upon me.

DAvid M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Travis Manion Foundation is dedicated to healing and remembering the fallen by positive actions done daily in the spirit of If Not Me Then Who? The mantra of 1Lt Manion has become my daily reminder of how I live and serve my community.

Everyone I have met through my volunteering with TMF demonstrate their selfless service to others in their thoughts and deeds. There is no better organization to invest your time, energy, and resources.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best. TMF helped us considerably when we lost our daughter LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney in 2013. Since then, they turned us into ambassadors for their "Character Does Matter" program, sent us to Guatemala to build houses in honor of our fallen hero with other gold star parents. We are now leading Operation Legacy in Baltimore and organizing the first TMF heroes run at the Baltimore inner harbor on Oct 1st. Great organization! Great people to work with!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I made contact with TMF over a year ago and immediately felt a charge of energy. I felt the urge to help in any way I can. This non-profit exudes professionalism, integrity, and selflessness to the highest regard. I can't wait to watch the amazing expansion of this great organization. This organization is the embodiment of altruism. A group of people who can see a problem, and can't stand by. They take matters of massive importance into their own philanthropic hands. The organization's motto “If Not Me, Then Who..." - Travis Manion.