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Nonprofit Overview

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: 250,000 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 foundation.

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

Community Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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/

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!

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!

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

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

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.

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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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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!

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.