TBS is proud to announce our partnership with The First Alliance Foundation (TFA)

TFA- Official Foundation Description

The First Alliance (TFA) Foundation is a US Private Foundation, registered as a non-profit corporation in Delaware and residing in Florida.  TFA has a US tax ID number and has formally filed and has official IRS “pending” US 501-C3 status.



The TFA Foundation mission is to strengthen the French-American strategic alliance.

  • TFA seeks to advance shared strategic goals, strengthen bilateral thought-leadership and support confidence building between current and future strategic leaders.


TFA-Funded Projects and Programs:

TFA awards will support and strengthen the French-US geo-strategic alliance through projects and programs engaging the military and official-public sector, and private sector (including not for profit organizations).

TFA will fund initiatives that both (1) commemorate the French-American alliance and (2) contribute to strengthening the current and future relationship.

  • These projects may include commemoration events and prizes or other funding and material support to existing foundations and defense educational institutions.

TFA will provide awards for the first projects publicly in 2019 to coincide with the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris by the French and Americans.

  • Commemorations in the summer-fall 2019 will take place in both Paris and Washington DC
  • A prize competition will be organized for French and American war college officers.


TFA Founding and Organization Background:

TFA is founded and funded by The Hon. Carole Brookins as a US-domiciled Private “non-operating” Foundation with US 501 C-3 status.   Appropriate relationships are being structured with French and US organizations to carry out programs and projects aligned with the Foundation’s mission.

TFA will formally publicly announce in Washington D.C. on December 11, 2018, but has been officially operating since July 1, 2018.  All official documents have been filed with official federal and state agencies in compliance with all relevant US legal, accounting, and regulatory requirements.

The founder serves as Chair of The First Alliance (TFA).   LTG (France-R) Olivier Tramond serves as a Member of the Board of Directors, Strategic Affairs consultant, responsible to the Chair in executing the mission.  Other Directors are Dr. Richard Sandor (CEO & Founder, The American Financial Exchange), Mr. Lawrence Goodman (CEO & Founder, The Center for Financial Stability) and Mr. Richard Kamenitzer (Secretary/Treasurer). TFA’s five distinguished U.S.  Senior Advisors are Susan Eisenhower (President, The Eisenhower Group) Mr. Tony Culley-Foster (President &Founder, CFCO, Intl), LTG (R) David Huntoon, LTG (R) “Mick” Kicklighter, and VADM (R) Scott Van Buskirk.

Please follow the link below for more information on The First Alliance Foundation:



TBS supports Arts Awards

The Arts Awards were held on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, VA. The Arts Awards bring together the arts community, business community, civic and elected leaders to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of artists, arts organizations, and the private sector for supporting the arts in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church.

The Bright Solutions was proud to support ArtsFairfax as a Table Sponsor for the event.

Seated: Joe Berardelli, Lesley Irminger, Dennis Egan (The Choralis Foundation), Richard Kamenitzer, and Kristen Ferretti.  Standing: DeAnna Treadway, Jean Chen, Melissa Dobbs (Metropolitan School of the Arts), and Sarah Bright Yaneza.

TBS offers Compliance and I-9 Reviews

As you are perhaps aware, 2018 has been a year of changes. At Bright Solutions, we are ever mindful of our client’s need to adhere to regulations imposed above and beyond the policies of the Board. We review all transactions within our scope of work for such compliance. However, this does not mean that all requirements are being addressed, as some may fall beyond the scope of our engagement.

Human resource management has been impacted with Family Leave, Sexual Harassment, overtime, independent contractor vs employee, etc. changes and/or additions.

Internal Revenue has expanded their scrutiny into such areas as travel compensation and reimbursement, as well as their review of the same issues being reviewed by the Department of Labor regarding overtime compensation and independent contractor vs employee status.

States have joined in on the issue of independent contractor status, minimum wage and other related management record-keeping and compliances, as well.

Some of our clients have access to legal counsel on either a regular basis or on an “as-needed” basis. We strongly advise that a member of management maintain contact with their legal counsel to assure themselves that the practices/policies of the organization are compliant with the local, state and federal requirements. Towards this end, we would welcome having access to the designated legal counsel so that we might review the issues that are relevant to the organization’s delivery of its mission. All this means is that you or the appropriate authority at your organization introduce Bright Solutions to your legal counsel and let them know we can speak to them about client affairs.

For those clients that do not have such access, we strongly recommend that the Board, a committee of the Board or some professional service be engaged to make sure that appropriate policies are in place and management has a system of review to make sure that compliance is in place.

Lastly, in the area of risk management, protection of the assets (and protection of and from potential liabilities) are essentially part of the duties of “care” and “obedience” of the Board. Your insurance agent, like your legal counsel, should conduct an annual review of all of the activities being planned for the ensuing period, as well as the adequacy of protection currently in place. Once again, we stand ready to work with your agent in providing them with the information they require. Here, again, we would need an introduction to your agent, allowing us to share your information.

We continue to work with and for you in providing the level of service that is essential in sound management practices. To that end, we have developed two new products:

1. an overall compliance review related to organizational documents, tax filings, etc.

2. An I9 review, based on the new requirements and regulations imposed by the USCIS, should your organization be audited.

We are prepared to either do these reviews as part of our current scope of services. Or, you can direct us to simply train your staff based on the research we have developed. We will follow up with you directly to discuss these reviews.

TBS presents to Prince William County

Recently, Richard and Sarah were asked to give a presentation for Prince William County arts organizations. It was a wonderful evening and a pleasure to meet and assist some budding and forward-thinking arts organizations. The arts are alive in Prince William County!

The Bright Solutions receives 2017 Strategic Partner Award from World Affairs Council Washington DC

“Volunteer, Strategic Partner and Member Awards Program” held at: African Union Mission to the United States, “Africa House” in Georgetown (Washington, DC)

December 19, 2017
The 2017 Strategic Partner Award – Bright Solutions II, LLC – accepted by Richard Kamenitzer, Principal

“Bright Solutions partners with organizations and executives on business management solutions that help non-profits focus on their mission and finances. The Bright Solutions provides general management, accounting and administrative support-services to small and mid-size organizations, for both profit and non-profit entities. Since 2007, World Affairs Council Washington DC has been providing these services and in 2015 it ratcheted up to a strong and comprehensive strategic partnership allowing cost-efficient complete support services to be coupled with synergistic connections to other organizations, leveraging resources to accomplish significant expansion of program services, improved Board and executive leadership and opening up doors to new opportunities.”

Interested in setting up a Charitable Gift Annuity?

At Bright Solutions, we are very happy to support you and your organization where we have professional expertise. Of course, we have a lot of experience with issues that extend beyond our technical practices in the business environment, so we will share what we know (not an opinion but something we can provide an actual documented reference). Whenever we are asked the particular question about Charitable Gift Annuities, we use the American Council on Gift Annuities references as follows :

What is a Charitable Gift Annuity?

A charitable gift annuity is a way to make a gift to your favorite charity, and still receive an income for yourself or others. It is a contract under which a charity, in return for a transfer of cash or other property, agrees to pay a fixed sum of money for a period measured by one or two lives. The person who contributes an asset for the annuity is called the “donor”, and the person who receives payments is called the “annuitant” or “beneficiary.” Usually, the annuitant is also the donor, but this is not always true. The maximum number of annuitants is two, and payments can be made to them jointly or successively.



The Bright Solutions now offers Fundraising Consulting Services.

For many not-for-profit organizations, engaging and growing philanthropic investment is an essential part of the bottom line.  Our fundraising practice is dedicated to helping our clients engage philanthropy in ways that help maximize their mission.  The Bright Solutions works cooperatively with the leadership within organizations, as well as the dedicated staff and volunteers to establish processes and goals that leverage the distinct assets and dynamic needs of each organization.

The marketplace and philanthropic conditions are constantly changing, and our clients face new opportunities and challenges every day.  That’s why our fundraising practice is centered on a forward thinking approach that implements the best solutions that can be activated now while strategically positioning organizations for future growth.

Our diverse and richly experienced team has its fingers on the pulse of today’s not-for-profit organization.  We’ve worked with the largest funders in the country and some of the smallest.  We offer a range and depth of experience to provide clients with unmatched solutions.  We are passionate about getting new initiatives off the ground or injecting even the most successful fundraising program with innovative approaches.

Recognizing Human Resources

Recognizing “human resources” are the most important asset that Bright Solutions brings to our clients, we purposely recruit and support an outstanding group of qualified personnel to meet the particular technical and logistical needs of the organizations that we serve. Between monthly scheduled staff meetings and daily exchanges of technical issues, each member brings current and sometimes unique twists and turns in the financial and general management facing our not-for-profit and for-profit entities to the forefront. Through a collective effort and an extensive body of both academic and professional expertise, every Bright Solutions professional is afforded an opportunity to learn more about how best to accommodate and comply – essential for a thriving delivery system.

Richard Kamenitzer Receives Jinx Hazel Arts Award

arts-council-award-solo-at-podiumRichard Kamenitzer, Principal of The Bright Solutions, recently received the Jinx Hazel Arts Award in recognition of his contributions to the Arts in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Richard has helped to build one of the nation’s most respected higher education programs for the arts and arts management, training hundreds of artists and arts administrators, helping young professionals create new arts programs, and sustaining local arts organizations in Fairfax communities.

Congratulations, Richard!

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