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Jean Shafiroff Signs Books at Southampton Historical Museum

Local philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff will discuss her new book, Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give (Hatherleigh Press, 2016), at the Southampton Historical Museum on Saturday, July 2.

Well known for her charitable endeavors, Shafiroff has hosted many events and galas benefitting various non-profit organizations, raising millions for her most beloved causes. In her book, she describes her experience with philanthropy and how others can incorporate giving into their everyday lives. Shafiroff explains how picking a charity that speaks to your passions is the key to being a committed philanthropist.

In addition to providing readers with the big picture in her book, Shafiroff includes everything down to the smallest details when it comes to planning philanthropic events, but Successful Philanthropy is much more than that. In her opening pages, she stresses that philanthropy is not only open to the wealthy, and how anyone can get into the spirit of charitable giving. She tells readers everything one needs to be a successful giver and how these actions can bring about great changes in one’s life and, on a grander scale, the world.

Shafiroff sits on the board of The New York Women’s Foundation, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, NY Mission Society and more. She is especially interested in raising money for the Southampton Hospital and has raised a total $5.4 million through the Southampton Hospital’s annual Summer Gala.

As a result of her philanthropic work, Shafiroff won honors from several organizations including the Ellen Hermanson Foundation and the Pet Philanthropy Circle. She also received the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award presented by the New York City Mission Society Gala in 2014, and the Madeleine Borg Lifetime Service Award presented by the Jewish Board Family and Children’s Services’ Annual Gala in 2014.

Southampton Hospital CEO and President Bob Chaloner will introduce Shafiroff at the Southampton Historical Museum event, which begins at 5 p.m. The author and philanthropist will then talk about Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give and answer any questions before signing copies of her book. A reception will follow.

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