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Successful Philanthropy
 

 

SUCCESSFUL PHILANTHROPY:

How To Make a Life by What You Give

by Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff’s book Successful Philanthropy: How To Make a Life by What You Give 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.

Successful Philanthropy features a special introduction by Georgina Bloomberg who discusses how she paired her background as an equestrian and as a philanthropist to launch her charitable venture, The Riders Closet. In addition, the book features 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.

Author Jean Shafiroff comments on philanthropy, “Describing yourself as a philanthropist may seem odd at first. For some people, being a philanthropist sounds like something limited only to those who give large financial gifts. But the truth is that philanthropy is accessible to anyone.”

Successful Philanthropy removes the guesswork and helps you shape your own personal path, providing much-needed insight and guidance into making philanthropy a lasting part of your life. Learn to identify your passions and interests and discover how they can guide your philanthropic work. Find the best ways to choose a charity that will offer personal fulfillment while also making the best use of your contribution to the cause of your choice. A comprehensive guide, Successful Philanthropy provides details on all aspects of philanthropy, including what most boards look for in a candidate and, for those who are thinking of starting a charity, specific information on what anyone ought to know before venturing in that direction.

Though philanthropy is a big word, it can be practiced in small ways anywhere, and anyone can become a part of building lasting change. Successful Philanthropy discusses the importance of teaching the next generation the value of giving in schools and at home to improve our community, our country, and our world.

Giving back to those in need is among the most rewarding and self-fulfilling parts of being human. Successful Philanthropy invites you to explore the many ways that you can find fulfillment through a lifetime of giving.

The important topics discussed in Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give include:

·         A New Definition of Philanthropy: Philanthropy as a global value, as a call to action and how change through philanthropy is within reach for all.

  • Why Give? The gift of giving, overcoming obstacles when giving and the author’s personal anecdotes of the experience of giving.
  • Building a life around giving: The Who, What, When and Where of Giving and the benefits of what you have to offer.
  • How to Choose a Charity: Finding a passion and a cause you support, the various categories of charities and causes, where to research a charity along with the expectations and requirements of serving on a board.
  • How to treat volunteers, paid employees, those serviced by a charity, and donors.

·         Communities built on giving: Socializing for a cause and cities known for giving back including New York City, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Southampton, NY.

  • Establishing a family legacy of giving to others. 
  • Generational Giving: teaching the importance of giving to children and a guide to philanthropy for retirees and empty nesters.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

For more information about Successful Philanthropy, please visit  www.jeanshafiroff.com

Follow Jean Shafiroff on Twitter and Instagram; Hatherleigh Press, Ltd. on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and Penguin Random House on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Successful Philanthropy [Hatherleigh Press/Penguin Random House] is currently available for preorder in Hardcover and E-Reader on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound. Additionally, the book will be available for purchase wherever books are sold as of Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

 

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