NEW YORK CITY'S FIRST LADY JEAN SHAFIROFF PROFILE
New York’s First Lady of Philanthropy Jean Shafiroff Featured in HOLA! and HELLO! Magazine UK
Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff is featured in the November, 2017 issue of Hello Magazine UK, with Duchess Kate Middleton on the cover. The 9-page feature has also been released with a total of 10 pages in the Spanish sister publication to Hello Magazine, HOLA! which was published in Spain, Mexico and Argentina and features Victoria and Cristina Iglesias, daughters of Julio Iglesias, on the cover. HOLA! dubbed Jean “The First Lady of Philanthropy in the United States and included a feature on Queen Letizia of Spain. Jean’s features were first in both HOLA! as well as HELLO! UK.
The profile highlights Jean’s passion for philanthropy, the importance of giving back, and how to inspire others to make the world a better place, as well as a few in depth tips on serving as the perfect event hostess. The spread features gorgeous photography of Ms. Shafiroff’s Upper East Side home and extensive art collection, as well as sharing few of her favorite designer pieces.
In the interview, Ms. Shafiroff tells Hello about her desire to instill in her children a passion for philanthropy and good deeds. “It’s crucial to teach children that they have to do their best to help others and make this world a better place,” she tells the publication. Ms. Shafiroff also discusses the drive behind her need to give back and how she inspires others to use their own resources to make the world a better place. “At the Catholic school that I attended, the nuns always taught us the importance of helping others and taught us to be compassionate and generous.” says Ms. Shafiroff. “I dedicate most of my social life to philanthropy, going to charity events, meeting people and organizing fundraisers. And I feel very fortunate to be able to do so.”
Ms. Shafiroff, who sits on the board of eight charitable organizations, including the New York Women’s Foundation, New York Mission Society, and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, is also an Ambassador for the American Humane Society and hosts many charity events and fundraising galas each year. She is the author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give (Hatherleigh press), in which she shares her expertise with others who seek to give back to those in need. Mrs. Shafiroff has conducted many interviews and television and radio appearances discussing the importance of philanthropy.
Mrs. Shafiroff talks about her own parent’s influence on her desire to do good by others. Shafiroff has since made sure to inspire her own children Elizabeth and Jacklyn with the same message. Elizabeth, her younger daughter, has co-founded Global Strays, an organization dedicated to obtaining grants for organizations focused on animal welfare in developing countries.
“The most important thing is to teach children the importance of caring for those who have less or who might need help,” says Mrs. Shafiroff. “You have to foster and promote empathy and solidarity.”
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.
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, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation and Global Strays. Recently Jean became an Ambassador for the American Humane Society. 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 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.
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