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Where Does Your Dollar Go?

Posted on November 30th, 2012

To principals and business managers who want to see results
Each school is paired with a management team of education professionals that vision, guide and provide accountability. These professionals help create business and education plans for the school.


To teachers desiring professional development
Renaissance teachers are provided the resources and opportunities to learn, grow and become exceptional in their field. Which in turn, brings greater excellence to the school and system as a whole.


To students desiring an Adventist education
Schools we work with will track the progress of individual students and use data to improve teaching. Rigorous and relevant coursework will afford students the best college-bound educational experience available.

To school communities needing to kickstart their fundraising
Each school receives an in-depth analysis and guidance writing a capital-campaign program as well as matching funds for special projects.


To changing the way we “do” Adventist education
The Renaissance Network will demonstrate best practices in Adventist education to improve the system as a whole.

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Giving Tuesday: Official AAF Matching Program Launch

Posted on November 27th, 2012

Today, on Giving Tuesday, we officially launched our holiday matching program! Now through January 11 every $1 that is given will be tripled!

This huge opportunity to impact Adventist education was made possible by a group of donors who promised to match every dollar that comes in with $2 of their own! They want to help Adventist education reach its full potential, and they want you to join them. This means your $35 becomes $105, your $250 becomes $750, your $500 becomes $1,500…you get the idea!

To help promote our matching program we are having a Facebook drawing. Anyone that “Shares” the Giving Tuesday photo will be entered to win two iTunes gift cards—1 for you and 1 for your favorite Adventist teacher.

If you would like to enter the drawing click on the photo below and “Share” the post. (You will need to have a Facebook account and already be logged in before clicking the link.)

Have you heard of Giving Tuesday?
We have a day for giving thanks. We have three for getting deals (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday). This year big-hearted people are banning together with nonprofits to help create Giving Tuesday—a new day for giving back. Today, Tuesday November 27, 2012, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will have come together to create Giving Tuesday.

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Found it in Your Mailbox?

Posted on April 12th, 2012

Many of you have already received the first issue of our newsletter, but for those of you that haven’t we wanted to keep you in the loop.

Included in the newsletter are:

  • Progress reports
  • A sneak-peak at findings from our academy Principal Perspective Survey
  • Photos and details from the Maranatha Volunteers International project at Thunderbird
  • An inside scoop from Thunderbird English teacher, Rondi Aastrup

You can expect the newsletter in your mailbox every April, July and October.

For those of you that aren’t on our mailing list here is a link to the newsletter PDF.

If you would like to begin receiving the newsletter in July email Kaleigh Benge at Please include your name and address.

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Thunderbird Adventist Academy Improvements

Posted on October 7th, 2011

We keep talking about the amazing progress that is being made at the Renaissance Network’s first pilot school—Thunderbird Adventist Academy. Now we want to share some pictures with you. The master plan is a work-in-progress, but we are thrilled by the improvements that have taken place just since July!

Here is what has been going on…

The Student Center: Old furniture was moved out to make room for new seating and old carpet was replaced. One wall was knocked out and another wall was built to section off a new library and Media Center where the students can gather to study and work on projects.

Girls Dorm: Although the girl’s dorm is in need of renovation, for now, the lobby has been freshened up with new paint, décor and seating.

Classrooms: The classrooms underwent a complete re-organization and were freshened up a bit.

Landscaping: Color flower pots were placed around campus and filled with flowers.

You will notice the before pictures are in the left column and latest updates on the right.

old student centernew student center

old student centernew library

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8 Excellent Teachers Awarded – 2 More To Go!

Posted on June 7th, 2011

Posted by Melissa Cechota, AAF Communications Coordinator

Since 2003, the Alumni Awards Foundation has recognized and awarded over a hundred teachers for their outstanding contributions to Adventist education. These teachers are the heartbeat of our schools, as mentioned in years past by our Director Melanie Litchfield. Since joining AAF two years ago, I have had the privilege of coordinating the Excellence in Teaching Awards process – from sending nomination packets to participating in the selection of finalists. This year I was even blessed to visit a school and award a teacher! I agree firmly with Melanie. Teachers who make an impact on their students and colleagues are never forgotten. I can still remember the teachers who made a difference in my life.

For this very reason, our staff takes the selection of our finalists very seriously. Nominations poured into our Foundation this year. Narrowing down the teachers most deserving of an Excellence award was both challenging and rewarding. We are so very pleased with our final 10. Jim Marxmiller

Since the beginning of May, members of our board and staff have traveled across the country to present teachers with an Excellence award. The award includes a medallion, Certificate of Excellence and a $2,000 gift. Members of local conferences and unions have joined the celebrations, and students have had the opportunity to publicly thank their teachers for the tremendous impact they have made.

Full disclosure of all 10 recipients will be released later this month. Even though I am dying to share the news now, I cannot simply because two more teachers have yet to receive their surprise award!

Please join us in congratulating these Teachers of Excellence.

Photos from the first eight presentations have been posted in our Photo Gallery and also on our Facebook page. It is with “thanks” that we gladly share these teachers’ accomplishments. Adventist education is viable into the future in the hands and hearts of these awesome teachers!

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