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Travis Manion Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, 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, families of the fallen, and our nation's youth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150,000+ YOUNG ADULTS, 60,000+ VETERANS & SURVIVORS, and 4,000+ VOLUNTEERS

Geographic areas served: We are a national foundation.

Programs: THE TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION (TMF) EMPOWERS VETERANS AND THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES TO DEVELOP CHARACTER IN FUTURE GENERATIONS. IN 2007, 1ST LT 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…”

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of being the race director for Lehigh Valley, PA where we'd raised over $8K in our first year race. We had over 450 people participating and it was amazing and resulted in overwhelming success. My son has a rich history with connections with not only the foundation but those that lead this amazing group. And my daughter was able to convince her school that Travis Manion was not only a hero but his foundation continues to support thousands of families annually - and she designed her National History Day project around the foundation. So our family has been involved in many ways with this organization for many years now. The people are amazing and the mission truly is to honor those who serve. They are amazing and my family and I are looking forward to supporting the Travis Manion Foundation for years to come. Our 9/11 Heroes Race was one of the most moving and rewarding experiences I've been involved in. So, if you're in the Lehigh Valley next September, look us up on facebook and come join the cause to honor our heroes!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Dion B.

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/

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