Straight From Her Animal Rescue Mission In Central America, Author Jean Shafiroff Answered Questions On Getting Started In Charitable Work At Book Signing
On the heels of her animal rescue mission in Nicaragua, Celebrity Philanthropist and Author Jean Shafiroff, hosted a special talk for her new book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, at Barnes & Noble in New York City on June 8th, 2016. Jean shared with the audience how to get started in charitable work, without writing a big check. Using examples from her own life, Jean provided a roadmap on giving back by explaining that everyone has something to give, no matter how small. Attendees listened intently as Shafiroff revealed her own path, and shared details from her latest charitable effort to help abused and abandoned animals in Nicaragua.
Notable attendees included: Scott Elkins, Martin Shafiroff, Elizabeth Shafiroff, John Lutri, Victor de Souza, Dawn Marie Grannum, Amy Gautreau, Pamela Morgan, Chele Chiavacci Farley, Catherine Sabino, Helena Litbak, Elena Ayot, Zilia Sicre and Tony Bowles.
“More often than not, people want to give back to those in need but don’t know where exactly to start,” said Jean Shafiroff. “I’ve created a guidebook that lays out the tools they need to begin the most fulfilling job anyone can do, which is to help the less fortunate. At my book signing, I was able to connect with my guests and delve into the need to know information that I’ve learned in my philanthropic work.”
SE Advisors CEO and US Campaign Director for the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust at Oxford University Scott Elkins, wrote the forward to the Jean’s book and was on hand to lead the Q&A. Georgina Bloomberg, who was not at the event, wrote the introduction to Successful Philanthropy.
Jean’s message at the talk and in the book is simple. She is encouraging everyone get involved in giving back, and showing that it doesn’t take much. A big question of the night was about starting a charity. Jean Shafiroff who chairs seven charities, reveled the enormous undertaking involved. With over one million charities in the U.S. and many overlapping efforts, Jean expressed a need for consolidation.
Following the discussion, eager guests lined up to have Shafiroff sign copies her new book.
(Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)
About Successful Philanthropy
Successful Philanthropy is a practical guide to modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today’s era. Far more than making monetary donations, philanthropy today encompasses giving time and knowledge, resources that can be just as valuable as financial contributions. Whether you’re a new philanthropist, a member of a charity’s Board of Directors, or just getting started as a volunteer, Successful Philanthropy offers the practical guidance and inspiring perspective that empowers all of us to take part in building a better world.
For more information about Successful Philanthropy, please visit www.jeanshafiroff.com.
About Jean Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist and humanitarian, is considered to be at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists. Jean’s philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions and includes the gifts of extensive time and knowledge. Through her work she encourages and seeks to empower all individuals to become philanthropists so that they can build the fulfillment of giving into their lives.
A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Jean’s philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, women’s rights and well-being, health care, animal welfare and resources for children in need, in addition to other causes. Jean serves on the boards of New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (20+ years), Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, and Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation. Widely recognized for her philanthropic work, Jean has been recognized and featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, The New York Times, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others.
Jean works closely with the multiple causes she supports. Each year she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations. She is particularly well-known for her leadership in raising money for many charities, including the Southampton Hospital, New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation and Southampton Animal Shelter. Jean has been honored by several organizations including the New York City Mission Society, Youth Counseling League, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Surgeons of Hope, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, and Animal Zone International.
Jean holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BS in physical therapy from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has worked both in public finance and private partnerships on Wall Street. Prior to that, she was a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Jean is married to Martin Shafiroff, an investment advisor, and together they have two daughters, Jacqueline and Elizabeth, who share their mother’s interest in charitable causes. Jean and her family reside in both New York City and Southampton, NY.