Networking leads to collaborations and partnerships. What do you think is the recipe for a successful partnership?
I believe that networking in philanthropy is a hugely important part of success. The Giving Back Foundation supports carefully selected existing charities. We partner with The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center, for instance, in its program of leadership for young women from around the world. In the arts, we support the Woodstock Film Festival and give out an annual award to a person in the film industry whose humanitarian endeavors have inspired the Giving Back Foundation. My foundation uses networking to siphon out the groups we most wish to support, usually with commitments of 5 years or more. We regularly meet with other charity organizations to develop our new programs. It is our policy not to partner with any humanitarian effort with which we are not very closely involved. So as you can see, in-person networking is one of our most important activities at The Giving Back Foundation.