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Philanthropist and Author Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)
Jean Shafiroff (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)

Featured Keynote Speaker to The Leadership Council of the New York Junior League



The New York Junior League (NYJL) hosted a Leadership Council Event at Astor House on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016, featuring keynote speaker Jean Shafiroff. Prominent Philanthropist and Author, Jean Shafiroff, engaged the audience in a discussion of philanthropy and her debut book,Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give – a guide to modern philanthropy.

Attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Jeri Powell, Betsy Timberman, Diane Rohde, Leonor Wignall, Cecily Millen, Laura Binski, Victoria Lariar, Caitlin Piccininni, Elle Rahilly, Laurin Parthemos, Antoinette DeLuca, Diana Bondy, Dasha Schiavetta, Kimberly Babcock, Kathleen, Kristen Kocis and April Arnold.


The private event, which took place in the building’s iconic Roosevelt room, brought together 30 of the NYJL committee members and senior members of the organization. A half hour into the event, keynote speaker Jean Shafiroff addressed the audience in an inspiring speech about her involvement with numerous charities and how those involved in volunteering can use the tools described in Shafiroff’s book to ensure they donate their time in the most valuable way to the charity of their choice. Her inspiring speech sparked discussions among event participants, who were all gifted a copy of Shafiroff’s book.

Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give was written by Jean Shafiroff and published by Hatherleigh Press, Ltd. in 2016, and serves as a practical guide for both the aspiring and seasoned philanthropist. It features an introduction from Georgina Bloomberg, the daughter of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and includes a foreword by Scott Elkins, US Campaign Director of the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust at Oxford University and CEO of SE Advisors, who salutes author Jean Shafiroff for encouraging others to “help bring about change,” through the text and her philanthropic initiatives in any way possible.

A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Shafiroff’ 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. Each year she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations.



WHEN:                 Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

7:00pm – 8:00pm


WHERE:               Astor House

130 East 80th St


New York, NY 10075

About Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, humanitarian, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, 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.

For more information about Jean Shafiroff, please visit:

F: jean.shafiroff | T: @JeanShafiroff | I: @JeanShafiroff

About Successful Philanthropy

Successful Philanthropy is a practical guide to modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today’s era. Philanthropy encompasses giving time and knowledge, resources that are 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.

Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give is available in selected bookstores.

978-1-57826-617-3, $15.00 hardcover | 978-1-57826-618-0, $9.99 e-book

Barnes & Noble | Amazon

About The New York Junior League (NYJL)

The New York Junior League (NYJL) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. NYJL is one of the oldest and largest women’s non-profit volunteer organizations in the city and has more than 2,800 volunteers—of all races, religions, and ethnicities–who donate more than 250,000 hours of service every year. NYJL train volunteers to develop skills for community work, to serve on boards, and to be leaders. Each year the New York Junior League awards its highest honor to a group of exceptional volunteers. These women serve our community, live our core values, and lead by example.

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