Successful Philanthropy

Successful Philanthropy
How to Make a Life By What You Give

Written by Jean Shafiroff
Foreword by Scott Elkins
Introduction by Georgina Bloomberg

Category: Social Science - Philanthropy & Charity; Body, Mind & Spirit - Inspiration & Personal Growth
Format: Trade paperback, 288 pages
On Sale Date: December 3, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-57826-867-2

Successful Philanthropy is a practical guide to modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today’s era. Far more than making monetary donations, philanthropy today 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.

The possibilities of philanthropy are almost limitless. Successful Philanthropy removes the guesswork and helps you shape your own personal path, providing much-needed insight and guidance into making philanthropy a lasting part of your life. Learn to identify your passions and interests and discover how they can guide your philanthropic work. Find the best ways to choose a charity that will offer personal fulfillment while also making the best use of your contribution to the cause of your choice. A comprehensive guide, Successful Philanthropy provides details on all aspects of philanthropy, including what most boards look for in a candidate and, for those who are thinking of starting a charity, specific information on what anyone ought to know before venturing in that direction.

Though philanthropy is a big word, it can be practiced in small ways anywhere, and anyone can become a part of building lasting change. Successful Philanthropy discusses the importance of teaching the next generation the value of giving in schools and at home to improve our community, our country, and our world.

Giving back to those in need is among the most rewarding and self-fulfilling parts of being human. Successful Philanthropy invites you to explore the many ways that you can find fulfillment through a lifetime of philanthropic giving.


Jean Shafiroff is an American philanthropist. She graduated from Columbia Business School and has worked in public finance and in private partnerships on Wall Street. She serves on many philanthropic boards including the New York Women's Foundation, Couture Council, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, and the French Heritage Society. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the NYC Mission Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping out families in New York City's impoverished neighborhoods. Jean is married to Martin D. Shafiroff, managing director of Barclays, and splits her time between Manhattan and Southampton, NY.


“To understand philanthropy you can either read Jean Shafiroff’s book or you can simply experience Jean Shafiroff.  I am fortunate to have done both. While the etymology of the concept of ‘Doing well by doing good’ is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the behavior is quintessential Jean Shafiroff. She evokes the true spirit of giving, philanthropy and volunteerism every day of her life in her passion for and service to important causes and organizations.” —Steven M. Bernstein, President, Southampton Hospital Foundation
“Jean Shafiroff’s vision for philanthropy, as outlined in this book and carried out in her own life, is one of collaboration, authenticity, and respect. She sets forth a path for philanthropists, new and old, to reflect on their values and discover their own philanthropic identity. As a true reflection of its author, this book embodies a spirit of fierce commitment and dedication to causes greater than one’s self.” —Ana Oliveira, President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation