Featured Expert – Jean Shafiroff


by Elysian Magazine

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, humanitarian, television host, writer, and the author of the book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give. Jean is often referred to as “the First Lady of Philanthropy” by the press because of her generosity and extensive work as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the philanthropic world. She serves on the boards of many charitable organizations and each year chairs upward of eight different charity galas. Among the many causes she champions are those involved in women’s rights, rights of the underserved, health care, and animal welfare.

Jean serves on the boards of American Humane, Southampton Hospital Association, NYC Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, Casita Maria, NY Women’s Foundation, Global Strays, New York Women’s Foundation, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board. A Catholic, she served on the Jewish Board for 28 years and now is one of its honorary trustees.

Jean served as the national spokesperson for American Humane’s “Feed the Hungry” COVID-19 Fund, an initiative that raised $1 million to provide food for more than 1 million animals living in 109 different shelters across the United States. She is the ambassador for the Southampton Animal Shelter.

For her philanthropy, Jean has been honored many times by groups including American Humane, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, Surgeons of Hope, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, Health Advocates for Older People, Youth Counselling League, the NYC International Film Festival Foundation, the Jewish Board, and the Hadassah. In December 2020, Dan’s Papers named her Philanthropist of the Year at its Long Island Power Women’s Award Ceremony.

Jean is the producer and host of the television show “Successful Philanthropy,” which airs six times weekly in East Hampton, New York, and several times each week in Southampton, New York. On her show, Jean interviews politicians – including a candidate for president – celebrities, business leaders, and philanthropic leaders.

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