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February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

I was deeply in pressed by the idea of improving the atmosphere for those who are hospitalized either as outpatients or those admitted for extended periods. I have seen the photos and the way they transform stark, depressing areas into pleasant places. Photos are not just images - they often trigger a good memory and /or pleasant thoughts. They mean different things to different people. They can give hope in times of despair, not only for the patient, but the family members as well.Through the donations of its supporters and the efforts of the founder and board, photo art has been installed around the world in big and small hospitals, for adults and children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching one person's idea with a passion for photography and a desire to better conditions for hospitalized patients develop into a foundation that serves so many all over the world.

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most dedicated to the goal of this foundation. It is based on a simple but very effective idea of enhancing hospital walls with beautiful photos which uplift the spirits of those who suffer, including family members and patients alike.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 17, 2010

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has a great idea! Imagine the healing joy that comes from looking up from your hospital bed and seeing the beauty of nature captured in photos. And I can tell you first-hand that the people who bring this idea to reality are dedicated, creative people who will do all they can to match the generosity of donors with opportunities all over the world.

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I am especially pleased with the creative ways this Foundation is working to include my desire to add photo art to a "package" of other medical support for this children's hospital in Brazil.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, creative, and very responsive in trying to accomodate my goals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 17, 2010

Speaking as a professional fundraiser with 20 years' experience,now retired, I can attest that Elaine Poggi's dedication to her mission, added to the energy with which she promotes it, ensure its ongoing success. Two suggestions: research and follow through on (1) which med schools are studying the effects of attractive environments on patient outcomes, and (2) which corporations, USA and abroad, involved in digital photography would consider requests for major gifts. Then submit relevant proposals. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is an important project and deserves our generous support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...my visits to the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, MO. Elaine's photos are prominent there. To see them, rather than a blank beige wall, and travel in my imagination to, for example, a valley in Umbria, can ease an otherwise stressful event.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

Ho avuto il piacere di vedere fino dal suo inizio la nascita e la crescita della Foundation ed ho avuto anche l'onore di vedere come ogni giorno la Signora Elaine portava avanti il suo progetto con impegno e soprattutto tanto amore e tanta passione. Ed è questo che rende la Foundation for Photo Art in Hospital una iniziativa davvero speciale: nasce dal cuore di una donna come noi, che ha sofferto nel profondo la malattia e la perdita di una persona cara e che ha saputo trasformare questo dolore in un cosa bella e positiva per il prossimo. In questo modo di oggi dove l'individualismo e l'idifferenza sono ormai all'ordine del giorno, l'iniziativa personale di qualcuno che si occupi di sostenere, senza alcun profitto, l'animo di persone malate e di coloro che vi sono intorno è cosa rara ed unica. Sono fiera di aver avuto l'opportunità di entrare in contatto con la Foundation ed in particolar modo con la Signora Elaine perchè toccare con mano tanto impegno sincero e genuino scalda il cuore e fa sentire meno soli. Auguro con tutto ilcuore lunga vita alla Foundation ed a tutti i volontari che mettono ogni giorno un pò delle loro energie affinchè essa vada avanti e continui un'opera immensa di beneficio in tutto il mondo. Paola

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vedere come da un profondo dolore può nascere una cosa bella da condividere

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se avessi avuto più tempo da condividere nel progetto

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 17, 2010

The photos placed in the hospitals around the world add warmth and joy to spaces filled with illness and fear. Elaine's views of nature offer people suffering and in pain a window onto the beauty of God's creation and provide hope to many in need. The Foundation has collected testimonies of their effectiveness which will be presented at a symposium in Florence this Spring.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many letters of thanks that we receive.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

giving some joy to those who are ill.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and caring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide more photographs and improve more hospital rooms.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

My husband and I have seen Elaine's photos and know that her work is exceptional. Elaine has a passion for bringing art, and thereby bringing stimulation and comfort to those in hospitals. We remember seeing the cold, dreary hospital room that Elaine's mother occupied during her lengthy illness. Elaine hung her own photos to bring her cheer. We know that her photos are in many parts of the world and commend her efforts. We hope she continues her great work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My local hospital in Urbana, Illinois has started to use more art work in patient rooms. I think Elaine Poggi and her foundation have influenced designers of hospitals.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

I have been so incredibly blessed to work with Elaine Poggi, founder of the Foundation for Photo Art. Having worked in third world countries, I know the impact these photographs are having with the hurting & sick. There is nothing more powerful that an inspiring & colorful piece of artwork in what would otherwise be a cold & stark atmosphere. Elaine's passion for her foundation is absolutely extraordinary, and has humbled me both professionally & personally. I am looking forward to taking her, along with her contributing photographers, artwork to a small village in Kenya next month.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put inspiring artwork all over the world to help ease the stress of the sick & hurting.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

I've seen photos for the first time on the wall of an Hospital in Florence and it gave me a good feeling about all those beautifull pictures in such a sad environment. Later I made a donation to the foundation and helped placing photos in a Rome Hospital. I think that this foundation has a strong power giving happiness and hope to get out of the Hospital to all recovered people. Keep doing that Elaine is such a beautiful thing!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Careggi Hospital in Florence and it made fell good all people being recovered!!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 10, 2010

Even though Elaine Uchtmann Poggi and I grew up on neighboring farms in Southern Illinois, we lost touch with each other after high school. I occasionally saw Elaine and her mother at a restaurant in Sparta where my parents and I ate. I knew Elaine lived in Italy. And thanks to the local paper, I was aware that she had a foundation for art in hospitals and had donated photos to the Sparta Hospital. But it was only after my mother was hospitalized for several weeks at the Sparta Hospital, that I became acquainted personally with Elaine’s photos and their peaceful presence in a sick room or waiting area. In each of Mom’s rooms, there was a photo of Elaine’s, gracing the wall. As I would sit by Mom’s bed, I’d see those photos and feel God’s presence through the beauty of His creation. Both Mom and I felt as if our friend Elaine was sitting there with us. I find comfort in the fact that Mom had those photos to keep her company when I wasn’t there, especially on the night that she died. Seeing those photos in Mom’s room prodded me to contact Elaine and renew our friendship. AND get involved with The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, donating additional photos to the Sparta Hospital and the Randolph County Care Center in honor of both of my parents. The simple act of looking through the photos on the foundation’s website is a healing activity by itself. But seeing the photos up close and personal is so very special. They convey peace and comfort and beauty. They help a person rest in the presence of God through His beautiful world. They provide a respite for patients and family members in the midst of sickness, pain, and even death. Working with Elaine and sensing her passion for her foundation was an act of healing for me. It encouraged me to share with others the impact these photos had on my life (and my mother’s) and how they can get involved with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. And whenever I walk in the hospital or care center and see the photos, I smile as I remember the peace and joy they have brought to my life (and the lives of others who see them). I’m thankful for the foundation AND Elaine for offering to a hurting world a glimpse of the peace, comfort, and healing only God can provide in His awesome and beautiful creation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sitting in a hospital room soaking up the peace of the photos on the wall. And I've experienced the joy of donoting photos in honor of someone.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing Elaine's passion for this foundation and seeing the beauty of the world through her photos.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to the mission of the foundation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide photos in more hospitals, clinics, rehab facilities, etc., and thus share the beauty and serenity of God's creation with more hurting people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

The photos placed in hospitals by this foundation depict beautiful scenery from many different locations around the world. I have seen these high quality photos in hospital locations in St. Louis and in Sparta, Il, while visiting friends and relatives in these facilities. I find them to be inspiring and a lift to the spirit.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have known the photographer and founder of this foundation for many years. She is passionate about her work, and very committed to placing the photo/art in all types of settings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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