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she was in that country. “The children never would have received the surgery if these top heart surgeons hadn’t traveled to the country.” Jean emphasized Surgeons of Hope in our discussion because she has become interested in global philanthropy. “I have traveled to many countries, including Cambodia, Nicaragua, Colombia, and China. In these and other countries I have seen enormous poverty and hardship. It is hard to view this and do nothing,” she explains. She has long supported organizations that provide assistance worldwide, including the Cherie Blair Foundation, which creates economic opportunities for women. “The Cherie Blair Foundation helps women around the world to get jobs, in places like India and elsewhere, and it’s growing rapidly. I’m very impressed.” Last December Jean traveled to London to support Walking with the Wounded, a charity that helps UK military veterans, and of which Prince Harry is a patron. “It was very exciting to meet Prince Harry. I think the royal family are great role models, and they do so much for people in the United Kingdom and internationally, and they really use that platform to do good.” Jean’s two daughters have followed in their mom’s footsteps. Her youngest daughter, an animal rights advocate and philanthropist, formed the charity Global Strays, which helps animal rescue groups in developing nations. “It’s a wonderful charity that is absolutely making a difference,” says Jean, who is on the board. In her book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, Jean shares advice for anyone who wants to become involved in philanthropy regardless of financial status. “I believe we can all be philanthropists. Those who have very

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few financial resources can give time and knowledge.” Those who do have resources, Jean feels, have an obligation to help the underserved. “To do nothing is to waste a lifetime.” Another book is in the works. “Writing a book requires a great deal of research, time to formulate ideas, and then time to write. It is not a simple process to write; however, I am glad that I wrote my first book.”

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Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.

Social Life - August 2019 - Jean Shafiroff  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Jean Shafiroff.