In the New York metropolitan and Hamptons giving scenes, there is one name synonymous with philanthropy: Jean Shafiro!.
Named the “First Lady of Philanthropy” by Hello and Hola! Magazines, Shafiro! has heard her calling for giving and uses her vast professional and personal networks and resources to bring aid to individuals and organizations in need.
Shafiro!’s philanthropy and advocacy spans far and wide, both in regional and national positions, in order to make sure that the causes she finds dear and deserving have a voice resonating with donors, influencers and the less fortunate.
Her beginnings, though, could be most aptly described as humble. Beginning her journey in a middle-class community on Long Island, Shafiro! was influenced by her father, a local music teacher, and the nuns at her local Catholic school to begin a life of good works. She spent 12 years in Catholic primary and high school, where she was encouraged to begin a life of helping others.