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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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art is the language of the unspoken soul. Nature is the language of our existance and capturing both.... is indeed a rare gift. Elaine has the gift to capture both and is willing to share her talents so that others may reap the benefits of experiencing nature and art whenever they find themselves in an indoor environment far removed from what it is that the soul needs to speak. Deborah Burnett http://www.deborahburnett.com

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The foundation for Photo Arts is a wonderful project conceived by Elaine Poggi who has traveled the world taking gorgeous life-like pictures of spectacular settings and arranging for them to be housed in hospitals. Ms Poggi felt that patients who are ill would benefit from looking at pictures of real places depicting natural beauty. There is no doubt in my mind about the therapeutic effect of these works of art. At the department of neurosurgery of the university of illinois at chicago, we have had the good fortune of receiving some of these pictures and they have been extremely well received by all who see them. Thank you Elaine for the wonderful contribution you have made the the life of so many people. Fady T. Charbel, M.D.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. not only provides comfort, hope and peace to patients, staff and families in the hospital setting through beauty-filled photographs, they are pioneers in the field of epigenetics. As a result of Elaine Poggi's personal experiences with family members and her heart-felt passion to help others, The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is now a leading force in educating the general public and offering them the experience of how an environment can be altered and enhanced to support the body's natural healing process. It is an joy and honor to support their mission and vision to bring healing photo art to the world's healing centers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Abbiamo sempre troppo poco tempo per guardarci attorno. Viviamo di corsa, il lavoro ci assilla, a volte manca anche il tempo per la famiglia. Ma quando ci si ammala allora tutto cambia. Le giornate sono lunghissime e ogni dettaglio dell'ambiente in cui ci si trova diviene interessante. Purtroppo gli ospedali oltre a essere luoghi di sofferenza spesso sono anche squallidi. Elaine con le sue foto apre fantastiche finestre su quel mondo che non ci siamo mai fermati abbastanza a osservare e le pone in luoghi dove c'è tutto il tempo per apprezzarle.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 sereneview

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!