For many, philanthropy is often associated with wealthy donors writing big checks, but according to Jean Shafiroff, anyone can be a philanthropist. In her NEW book, Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give (ISBN: 978-1578266173), Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist and humanitarian offers a new perspective on what it means to give back by redefining philanthropy and encouraging others to make a difference that don’t necessarily include writing big checks.
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.
Successful Philanthropy removes the guesswork on how get started in philanthropic work, and offers inspirational, yet practical advice on giving back in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling.
“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,” Shafiroff states.
Additionally, the inspirational book is chocked full of motivational examples of how others gave of their time and resources to make big differences in the lives of many individuals, Jean also includes recommendations for teaching children about philanthropy and how to engage them at an early age.
“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,” Shafiroff added.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist and humanitarian, is considered to be at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists. Her 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, Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, and Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation.
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.
Additionally, the book will be available for purchase wherever books are sold as of Tuesday, March 8, 2016.