On Monday March 21st in her grand and tasteful Park Avenue home, Jean Shafiroff invited guests to join her in celebrating the launch of her new book, “Successful Philanthropy – How to Make a Life by What You Give.” We stopped by to learn more and maybe get a signed copy.
Joined by Georgina Bloomberg (who provided the introduction to the book), FOX News correspondent Rick Leventhal, Geoffrey Bradfield, Suzette Charles, Rita Cosby, Alex Donner, Curtis Ellis, Kipton Cronkite, Maggie Norris, Anne Rapp, Martin Shafiroff, Mortimer Zuckerman, Zang Toi, and more, the house was buzzing with excitement for “Successful Philanthropy – How to Make a Life by What You Give.”
It’s impossible to deny the power of a smile. It can brighten a day, make one feel safe, make one feel happy, included, respected, and more. Doubly so when that smile belongs to Jean Shafiroff, a legendary socialite and philanthropist in her own right. Shafiroff has always been on the forefront of philanthropic efforts; she chairs countless board and charities, supports numerous animal charities and more. She and her Husband Martin Shafiroff are the pinnacle of cautious philanthropists. But in Successful Philanthropy, we see Shafiroff has a new and far more liberal definition of philanthropy, allowing truly anyone to live a life of giving. Shafiroff does not discount the financial gifts, in fact she recognizes the most generation and offers tips on how to most effectively give financial gifts. But then Shafiroff suggests another approach: giving one’s time. Shafiroff’s approach to giving is gentle and liberal all the while being focused on utilizing one’s own gifts and talents to do good. Even a smile can go a long way. She said at the party, “when you give, you get, and what you get is the reward of knowing that what you are doing is making the world a better place.”
‘Successful Philanthropy’ is simply a practical guide to modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today’s era. Far more than making monetary donations, philanthropy 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 – How to Make a Life by What You Give.” is available everywhere books are sold and is published by Random House.