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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

February 10, 2010

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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

February 8, 2010

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February 8, 2010

From personal experience, I am well aware of the healing effect of optimism. Because of this, I feel such a tremendous sense of joy and gratification, knowing that my art can bring peace and happiness to those who are suffering from difficult circumstances in hospitals around the world. Please take full advantage of this program, as it is a most noble effort. Sincerely, Sophia Jekic' donor of fine art photography

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

The pleasure of having my fine art photography accepted as donations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 8, 2010

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February 8, 2010

My husband, Donald and I donated money to this organization. We feel it was money well spent as we recognize a very real unmet emotional need of patients who may be experiencing potentially life changing situations such as surgery, chemotherapy and/or long term assisted living. Photo art can and does allow the individual to focus on something positive and calming during such stressful times. Don and Carol Ashley

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

relating to others who have been moved by the donated art work. I've spoken to several people who were patients in various hospitals and appreciated the photo art.

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

assist so many more individuals. Emotional health and feelings of inner peace and security have a profound impact on an individuals ability to think clearly when confronted with medical decisions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 7, 2010

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February 7, 2010

We had a GREAT experience working with Foundation for the Photo Art, in Venezuela and Guatemala. I remember when we put the pictures in the infectious disease ward in Venezuela, one of the mother (16 years old) that was there because of her 3 month old baby told us while we were putting the pictures up: THANKS FOR BRINGING SOMETHING THAT CAN MAKE US SMILE IN THIS PLACE! At that moment we really realized the impact a beautiful picture can have. We are so greatful for ELAIN support, we have 8 school clinics in Guatemala that have benefit from her wonderful work!!!!

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

how fast and simply they take things. AS you send you request they will just help you and send you the pictures. They really believe in what they are doing

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

Incredible, friendly and ALWAYS willing to help

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 7, 2010

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February 7, 2010

This non profit organisation helped send healing photos at its own expenses 100% to Malawi ( The Warm Heart of Africa). These photos are hang in a clinic in one of the poor remote areas of the Central Region of Malawi called Mtunthama, Kasungu District. The clinic is run by the Anglican Diocese and is helping the poor and needy who would have no opportunity to the other parts of the world and its beauty and help them appreciate God's beautiful creation as result begin to think and thank God for that is beautiful in the middle of pain and difficulties. The feedback is that the personnel at this Clinic were greatly touched that some people would think of decorating a place of healing and cure like theirs free of charge. The generosity shown through Foundation For Photo Art in Hospitlas Inc. has helped transform lives and attitude towards non profit organisation that sometimes have spoiled the reason for their existence that they use the images of the poor, needy and vulnerable to become famous and find a way to raise financial contributions in Malawi. For me persoanlly it touched me because the gift was freely given with no strings attached. There was no hidden agenda in the giving. It was to help the weak and poor see the beauty of God's creation around the world. I am very grateful to Elaine for this foundation.

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

I have personally experience the results of this FOUNDATION FOR PHOTO ART IN HOSPITALS INC in a beautiful harmoious way

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have others be aware of what it objectives are

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

The heart to be a blessing to people that are mostly not able to go out and appreciate the beauty of nature and God's around them or far from them

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

Staff are very friendly and very sensitive to the personal needs around them.

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

If FOUNDATION FOR PHOTO ART IN HOSPITALS INC had 10 million buck it would transform the ugly hopital rooms or blank and plain clinics in remopte areas of the world look beautiful and seem like the art galleries that would lift the spirits of the suffering

Ways to make it better...

There were more clinice helped

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

There is not enough financial contributions for it to carry out many decorations in many hospital rooms or ward or offices

One thing I'd also say is that...

It will thrive way beyond borders that we know, once people with the capacity to donate finances and have similar desire to help alliviate pain in the suffering and give hope of the beauty of life around them when everything seem to be ugly becoz of pain

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

February 7, 2010

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February 7, 2010

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is dedicated to providing art that delivers therapeutic benefits to hospital visitors, staff, and patients. Research results reveal that viewing nature photographs lowers blood pressure, anxiety, and reduces the need for pain medication. Elaine Poggi and the Foundation have done an incredible job of assembling a collection of world class photography and placing them in hospitals around the world.

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

their pursuit of excellence by putting their products under the scrutiny of scientific investigation, whose results will be announced on March 20, 2010 at a conference in Florence, Italy.

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

expand the selection of products that it installs toward creating a healing hospital environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 6, 2010

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February 6, 2010

Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is a remarkable group.They are providing beauty not only to people who are sick but also to the people who work with them and their families. Placing beautiful artwork in hospitals creates an environment of hope and healing and enables people to let go of fear. The impact of the arts in the process of healing was recognized early on by Hippocrates, who understood the importance of uplifting his patients' spirits. Similarly, Galen would set his patients outside in the marketplace, enhancing their healing through contact with the sights and sounds of daily life. The value of a rich and uplifting environment to healing has since been documented in such research as Robert Ulrich's study: "Effects of Interior Design on Wellness: Theory and Recent Scientific Research" (Journal of Health Care Interior Design, 1991), which demonstrated that patients who could view nature through their windows had shorter post-operative hospital stays, made negative comments less often, needed fewer doses of narcotics, and had fewer post-surgical complications. I am very proud to be a part of this organization. This organization promotes healing through beauty!

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

participating with them to provide an alternative method of healing. Teaching people about good health through the visual enjoyment of beauty is invaluable. This organization is providing an affordable means of healing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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