Travis Manion Foundation

"If Not Me, Then Who..."

aka TMF   |   Doylestown, PA   |  www.travismanion.org

Mission

Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Ryan Manion Borek

Vice President

Amy Looney

Main address

164 East State Street

Doylestown, PA 18901 USA

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EIN

41-2237951

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

About 55% of transitioned veterans feel disconnected from their community and 1 in 3 students lack a positive role model and mentor in their life. This sense of alienation often leads to a host of other challenges for veterans, from a lack of confidence to depression and substance abuse; and contributes toward pervasive, negative, and inaccurate portrayals of veterans in society. In order for veterans to reconnect with their communities, achieve a successful transition to civilian life, and be empowered as civic assets who strengthen communities, they must achieve three things: Engagement, Positive Relationships, and Meaning. Additionally, young adults face similar issues when there is no one to model examples of leadership and character as they grow into young men and women. TMF's programs seek to both empower veterans and support them in reintegration efforts as well as strengthen communities by inspiring and activating young adults to live a life of character and leadership.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Empowering Our Members: Educating, Supporting, and Resourcing Veterans & Survivors to be Leaders in

Leading With Your Strengths Seminar- Seminars help veterans identify their personal strengths, uncover their purpose, and tell their stories. Following seminars, veterans then have access to digital resources and networking events.

Survivor Expeditions- Survivor Expeditions provide families of the fallen with the opportunity to channel their grief into community building and personal healing. Survivors travel on multi-day trips that honor their loved one through local service, and build a network of support that will last a lifetime.

Leadership Expeditions- Leadership Expeditions invite TMF’s top volunteer leaders throughout the country to an intensive training week to receive education and resources for professional development and personal growth. Participants gain an understanding of their personal character strengths and improve their leadership skills to prepare them to take on increased volunteer roles within TMF.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Through Character Does Matter (CDM), veterans reconnect with their communities, serving as positive role models and mentors to young adults. America is becoming increasingly divided and separated including the divide that occurs between those that have served in the military and those that have not. Under those conditions, CDM plays a crucial role in uniting communities under the common values of character, leadership, and service that define our strong national character.
CDM empowers veterans to serve as community role models, educating youth on character and leadership, by leveraging the strengths and skills afforded by their military training. Through CDM, veterans reconnect with one another and give back to the next generation by participating in the following activities:
Presentations to schools, youth groups, and athletic teams
Veterans are trained by TMF Staff to deliver a 40-minute character-education presentation that share stories—including their own military service—that highlight selected character strengths from the 24 depicted below. Trainings occur on a quarterly basis in TMF’s regions with primary emphasis on the Midatlantic, Northwest, Central and West regions. TMF staff provide ongoing support to ensure execution and quality control.
Character and Leadership Course
Character and Leadership courses connect a team of veterans with a group of 15-20 young adults to teach character and leadership in an interactive learning environment. Program duration varies from a single day to a full ten week after-school program and follows a standardized curriculum. Each program teaches a combination of 24 character strengths including integrity, kindness, resilience, courage, leadership, and service through discussions and hands-on experiential learning activities. These include ethical decision making, rock-climbing, problem-solving and team-building challenges, CrossFit workouts and improvisational workshops. 50% of Veteran-Youth programs facilitated, serve at-risk and low socioeconomic status students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Veterans

Operation Legacy service projects offer members the opportunity to connect with and improve their community, while sharing the legacy of character of our nation’s fallen heroes. Offered year-round, with focused campaigns in April and November, communities across the nation come together to honor the fallen through service opportunities and instill TMF's “If Not Me, Then Who…” mantra in future generations. The projects are led by key TMF Spartan members and incorporate all TMF constituents: veterans, families of fallen heroes, young adults, and local community members.
9/11 Heroes Run: This 5k event unites 60+ communities across the country and around the world to honor the sacrifices of the heroes of September 11 and the wars since: veteran, first responder, civilian, and military. TMF’s 9/11 Heroes Run creates opportunities for communities to come together to honor and remember while challenging them through physical fitness and shared camaraderie.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Where we work

Awards

Best of America 2012

Independent Charities of America - Recognized

Best of America 2013

Independent Charities of America - Recognized

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2013

Great Non-profits.org

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2014

Great Non-profits.org

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2020

Great Non-profits.org

Excellence in Giving Certified Transparent 2020

Excellence in Giving

BBB Accredited Charity 2020

BBB

Platinum Seal of Transparency 2021

Guidestar

4-Star Charity 2020

Charity Navigator

Best in America 2020

Independent Charities of America - Recognized

Best Nonprofits to Work For 2021

America's Best Charities

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 2012

Independent Charities of America 2013

Combined Federal Campaign 2012

Combined Federal Campaign 2013

Combined Federal Campaign 2019

Independent Charities of America 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of members from priority population attending training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed positive values

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In an increasingly divisive cultural climate, TMF is redefining America's national character and strengthening communities. We empower veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. Our programs enable veterans and survivors to thrive in their post-military lives by providing a renewed sense of purpose, connecting them with their communities, and leveraging their strengths and passions to make an impact. By channeling the profound value that our military community brings to young adults, TMF establishes a strong and unified national identity built on character, leadership, and service. TMF's programming addresses issues related to veteran and survivor empowerment that increase overall well-being by improving engagement, relationships, and meaning in veterans' lives.

Engagement : Through our personal and professional development program, Leading with Your Strengths, and service-based Expeditions, TMF provides development opportunities to transitioning veterans and survivors to identify and leverage their personal strengths and passions to make an impact.

Meaning through Service: Through our Character Does Matter program and Operation Legacy service project initiative, veterans continue to serve their communities out of uniform by leading and mentoring youth while uniting communities and carrying on the character and legacy of our nation's fallen heroes.

Relationships: TMF's 24 different chapters host networking and community-based events throughout the year, including 9/11 Heroes Runs and Operation Legacy service projects. These provide an avenue to build camaraderie and build a support network for our members.

In fiscal year 2021-2022, TMF's over 130,000 members will continue to engage each other and serve their communities. TMF will train over 300 additional veterans to deliver our character development program to over 31,000 young adults across the country. Through CDM, TMF provides in-depth training and follow-on support to empower Veterans to serve as role models and mentors to youth. In addition to establishing a renewed sense of purpose, this ensures that veterans reconnect with their community. This includes sharing stories of personal service and character as well as leading mentorship programs for young adults to develop character through discussion and experiential learning challenges. TMF will support an additional 3,295 veterans through our transition program that provides education and resources to empower them to thrive personally and professionally in civilian life. As a continued engagement piece, TMF will bring together all constituents through Operation Legacy service projects and 9/11 Heroes Run, to build camaraderie and serve the local community.

TMF is consistently building a national infrastructure to support our members throughout the country. TMF has headquarters and staff in 7 regions within the US: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Central, West, Northwest, and Midwest. TMF strategy includes establishing additional chapter locations in addition to our 24 existing chapters in 2022 and 2023. TMF has the organizational structure, supporting staff and IT infrastructure to support our breadth of programs. Additionally, TMF offers online platforms and remote training and support for members no matter their geography. Our goal is to have our programming and events available to all members--veterans, military family members and inspired civilians. TMF is actively recruiting additional members to start or join their local chapters.

TMF is able to deliver, continuously improve, and grow high-quality programs. Over the last several years TMF has systematically diversified its revenue streams to mitigate risk and ensure long term stability. TMF is conservative and deliberate with its staffing to ensure a balance is maintained between the fiduciary responsibility to the donors and successful outcomes for its members. TMF is also regularly securing multi-year agreements with its fiduciary stakeholders to ensure year-over-year stability. Additionally, TMF regularly relies on approximately 17,000 highly engaged volunteer members annually to help carry out the mission.

Travis Manion Foundation is committed to a very high standard of ethics and integrity and has earned Charity Navigator’s Platinum Seal of Transparency as well as The NonProfit Times’ Best NonProfits To Work For for multiple years. TMF has also been accredited with the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance Seal. TMF is proud that 90% of all revenue is poured directly into our programming, empowering veterans, families of the fallen, and youth to lead with character. Led by our value “Out of Many, One,” TMF is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive community for all.

The TMF Board of Directors is active and spends considerable time providing strategic and fiduciary oversight. The Board has opted to operate in a committee structure to facilitate agile decision making and timely oversight. Between the staff, Board of Directors, and the legions of committed volunteers, TMF is well positioned to execute its vision and meet the goals of its three year plan.

Our programming is strong but there is not enough longitudinal data supporting positive outcomes over time when it comes to veterans and their families. For all intents and purposes, the movement we've seen over the last thirteen years, that has sparked a 10X increase in veteran focused nonprofits, is a new phenomena. The veteran space, as a social issue, does not have the data or clearly identified outcomes that other spaces, like cancer or education, have. In many ways we are charting new waters. Our veterans need to be empowered, not disenfranchised. They need to feel inspired and inspire others. They want to activate people to support not only veterans but the country they fought for. Finally they want to genuinely connect with the community where they live so people understand their service as a value-added proposition and not an infirmity. TMF is helping veterans and their families achieve those worthwhile ambitions. It all comes down to a simple tenant, “If Not Me, Then Who…"

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Veterans, youth, and survivors

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Travis Manion Foundation annually surveys our members and constituents to identify areas of growth and areas of success. In 2021, TMF's member survey, conducted in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University found that as a result of their participation, TMF members felt more connected to one another and their community. This led to improvement in their mental and physical health, and ultimately greater well-being and thriving. Based on this survey and its results, Travis Manion Foundation is encouraged to increase the engagement opportunities available for our Spartan members by expanding our number of local volunteer chapters nationwide and ensuring that members are able to engage with the organization both virtually and in-person.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Since its inception, Travis Manion Foundation has taken great pride in being an organization led by veterans and families of the fallen. As an organization, we strive to be informed by these individuals as they lead their communities. Asking for feedback from veterans and survivors and our staff, many of whom are also veterans and families of the fallen, is the basis for all program improvements and allows for depth of innovation and increased creativity. Likewise, inviting inspired civilians into our programming and gathering their feedback promotes a sense of unity and helps as we aim to bridge the civilian-military divide.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Travis Manion Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John DiNome

Reed Smith, LLP

Term: 2017 -

Alex Gorsky

Johnson & Johnson

Mary Katharine Ham

CNN

Croft Young

Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division

Thomas Manion

"Brother's Forever"

Carlo Pecori

Institute for the Study of Violent Groups, University of New Haven

Ryan Manion

Travis Manion Foundation

Donald Morel

West Pharmaceuticals

Greg Call

Amazon

Scott Belveal

Goldman Sachs

Barb Orr

Poretta & Orr

Alan Sheriff

Solebury Capital

John DiNome

Reed Smith, LLP

Gen. Ronald Bailey

USMC (Ret.)

Tim Richmond

Human Resources, AbbVie Inc.

General Joseph Dunford Jr.

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Philip Krim

Casper

Nick Trainer

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Elycia Morris

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/04/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.