Jean & Martin Shafiroff hosted a Thanksgiving Toy Drive for the NYC Mission Society on Monday, November 20, 2017 at their Park Avenue home.
Over 100 guests including NYC Mission Society Director Elsie McCabe Thompson, Margo and John Catsimatidis, New York State Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright, Malan Breton, Margo Langenberg, Kenita Lloyd, Geoffrey Bradfield, Liliana Cavendish, and Designer Victor de Souza, began their holiday week by enjoying champagne and canapes with the philanthropist and her financier husband.
Midway through the event, Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, and William Allen thanked guests for attending and for their continued commitment to the New York City Mission Society. Ms. Thompson revealed that the New York City Mission Society is currently exploring opening a charter school in their Minisink Townhouse in Harlem. Jean Shafiroff then spoke about how much she cared for the Society and how much of a family they are.
Additional guests including, William Anthony Allen, Darold Cuba, Yaz and Valentine Hernadez, Lucia Hwong Gordon,Joan and George Hornig, Roy Kean, Judge Jonathan Le Winter, Barbara and Ken Poliwoda, Ann Rapp, Randi Schatz,Bishop Andrew St. John, Felicia Taylor, and Rita Cosby helped donate over 200 presents to children in need.
Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, activist, humanitarian, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, is 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 Foundation Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, and Global Strays, and is an Ambassador for the American Humane Society.
Jean works closely with the multiple causes she supports. Each year she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations. She is well-known for her leadership in raising money for many charities, including the Southampton Hospital, New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Jean is often a guest speaker on TV and radio shows throughout the country. The subjects she speaks about include philanthropy, human rights, fashion and animal welfare. Jean has been honored by several organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Youth Counseling League, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Surgeons of Hope, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, and the Southampton Animal Shelter 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.