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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Health, Hospitals, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is a non-profit publicly supported organization dedicated to placing colorful, soothing photographs of nature in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers. Our vision is to create a shift in the way people view hospitals, from cold and sterile to warm and welcoming. We wish to change hospitals by humanizing their environments, a concept that is slowly gaining influence in many countries.

Results: We have placed over 5000 colorful photos in more than 300 facilities on 7 continents!

Target demographics: hospitals, healthcare facilities, hospices, clinics, nursing homes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: placed 522 photographs in 30 facilities around the world

Geographic areas served: global

Programs: photo art projects for various units in healthcare facilities

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am excited to be a Contributing Photographer for this wonderful nonprofit. Their mission is to provide beautiful photographic art to brightened up hospitals in low resource areas around the world. This helps to enhance healing by lifting the spirits of patients, family members and all the wonderful staff who work in these settings. By offering healing art for free to these hospitals, it becomes possible for there to be beauty on the walls where none has existed before. This is a very high output, low overhead organization that has inspired over 250 international photographers to donate the use of their images in support of this great cause.
David Foster, Atlanta, GA USA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an inspiring organization with such a needed outreach. They are very professional and responsive. My interactions with them were a pleasure. I look forward to a long, fruitful relationship as a contributing photographer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Nature and Landscape Photographer that wanted to share my work in hospitals and medical facilities to help healing to the patients. I contacted Elaine and donated one of my photos to her organization. A few months later she found a home for my art work-Peace Inc. in Buffalo New York. Thanks Elaine for your dedication to the cause and vision to help join artists and the people that receiving healing from their work. John Munno www.johnmunnophotography.com

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional with the Evansville Psychiatrice Children's Center. Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals was kind enought to send us 8 prints to use at our facility. We had originally picked out 4 or 5 and they sent a few more for us. A couple of the prints were utilzed in our newly remodeled conference room and some decorate our halls. They have added color and life to the walls here and are greatly appreciated.

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 09/15/2014

Thanks for your comment about the photos at the Psychiatric Children's Center. We were very happy to help and we hope that our photos will give the children peace. All my best, Elaine

Jim_107

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Elaine continues to excel in the placement of "Healing Works of Art" in hospitals around the world. For those who are hospitalized and unable to experience the beauty of God's creation; as well as those who visit these hospitals, can experience the next best thing to being there. Someone once wrote" By just looking at a photograph of the outdoors / nature, you can still experience the same peace and tranquility."

This amazing imagery donated by photographers world wide, should give us a sense of pride that our work is being used in this manner. What better gift can there be to help contribute to someone's healing and recovery from illness.

Keep up the good work Elaine!

Jim Stracensky

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 08/12/2014

Thanks, Jim, for your great review! I am so happy to have you as one of our Contributing Photographers. Your photo is just beautiful and has brought much joy to so many patients, family members, and staff. I'll do my best to keep up the good work... with your help and the help of all our Contributing Photographers!

nbart414

Donor

Rating: 5

I have written reviews in the past about this organization. I can only say that the Foundation continues on its course as a great non-profit, thanks to the tireless effort of its founder Elaine Poggi. Five stars all the way!

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 08/12/2014

Thanks, Nancy! I appreciate your review!!

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My husband and I were vacationing with friends on the island of Antigua early in 2012. One of our new friends on the island is nurse supervisor at St. John's Medical Center there. We told her that we are acquainted with The Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals and its Director Elaine Poggi. We admire Elaine's dedication to the Foundation and its mission to place beautiful photographs in hospitals all over the world. Thanks to the Foundation's generosity, we were able facilitate a donation of framed prints for St. John's Medical Center.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known Elaine Poggi and her Foundation for many years and greatly admire her motivation, creativity, and determination. As a clinical psychologist in Florence, Italy I often encourage my patients to make their own original drawings or go out in the city and take photos of whatever may stimulate them. This allows them, especially the patients with depression to express their own feelings and to discover their own creativity. Also in my office I have many paintings and sketches, some given to me by former patients and others by professional artists both well known in Florence or novices in the art community. I frequently ask my patients to carefully observe a painting or a photo and to tell me their first impressions, their reactions, emotions they may feel while looking at it. This helps to open up some new areas of importance that might have been unconscoius or repressed before.

Paul49

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Photgraphs help heal and lift spirits. The Foundation does that in spades.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My initial experience was meeting and working with Elaine Poggi on a successful artwork project for a children's hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. From there we have shared a friendship and continued interest in photo/art and how it can impact patients and many types of healthcare environments. Currently, I am serving as a board member and helping to support Elaine's significant efforts to extend the Foundation's reach to many healthcare facilities and clinics throughout the world - especially those in special need of "healing photo/art".

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Response was fast when I asked about contributing art to the Foundation. Elaine handled things very professionally and is a delight to work with. Elaine emailed me that my contribution was used in a hospital recently and which hospital it was used in. I appreciated that kind of follow up. From everything I have seen, the Foundation is a wonderful organization to work with.