Foundation For Photo Art In Hospitals Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   130 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Health, Human Services

Location: 4909 Laclede Avenue, Unit 1704 St. Louis MO 63108 USA

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 4000 colorful photos in more than 250 facilities on 7 continents!
Target demographics: hospitals, healthcare facilities, hospices, clinics, nursing homes.
Geographic areas served: global
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 76-0720368
618 975 8545
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I discovered the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals through a fellow photographer friend on Facebook. I was very excited to have found an organization where I could donate my photography artwork that would benefit a lot of people in a much needed area such as a hospital. Can you imagine being very ill and looking up and seeing a gorgeous photograph that is soothing, relaxing and peaceful? It would have to put a smile on a face.

 
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Thanks, Laura, for you great review and for the lovely photo that you donated to the Foundation! I appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

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1 person found this review helpful

I am an individual who has contributed photography to this wonderful organization. I believe their vision makes a huge difference in patient comfort and attitude! As a person who has had 4 surgeries in the last 10 years, I would have loved to see artwork like this in the hallways of the hospitals where I stayed!

 
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I am honored to be a donor as a cancer survivor. These beautiful photos are in both St. Louis & Palm beach where I took my chemo treatments. Friends made donations to the foundation in my name for which I am grateful. Looking at these soothing photos gave me hope during the chemo. Congratulations to Elaine who has since asked me to serve on her board. I wish her continued success. Lotsie Holton

 
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Thanks, Lotsie, for your kind words! We are fortunate to have you on our Board of Directors and also to have your lovely photo in our collection! Best, Elaine

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a review by one of our Contributing Photographers who asked me to post her review... "Elaine Poggi's vision, leadership and accomplishments in bringing healing art to hospitals are extraordinary. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has clearly touched the lives of thousands of people around the world. As a Contributing Photographer to the Foundation, it is a privilege to be even a small part of a grand work.

With all good wishes,
Roberta London


Roberta London

 
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This is a review from a hospital administrator from India... Dear Ms. Elaine Poggi,
Greetings from KISES(Kiranmayi Socio Educational Society) INDIA.
It is great pleasure to make a comment about your organisaiton and your work. since we have been associated with for the last 5 years we have noticed a tremendous work done through yours and personally we have also received your service like you have sent the photo gallery of few photo frames which were fitted in our health centre for the early recovery of the patients. Indeed it was as useful as the patients were got relaxed by witnessing the photos which were sent by you. She is continues searching for us our KISES health centre for medicines, medical equipments, maintenance and running costs etc., for our India poor people through her 500 friends by the way of her face book, since we have association with you the work done by you and through your society rendering service is an excellent and tremendous and we hope and wish the same can continue even in the future by supporting the small organisations like us, which will help to elevate the revive of arts and culture.
We wish you all the best
Thanks
With Kind Regards
Mr. & Mrs. Suram
KISES

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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This review is from one of our Contributing Photographers who preferred not to register with this website. I'm copying it here...

"Elaine has been doing this wonderful work for years. Her business is expanding and helping people
in many parts of the world. In this time of chaos and uncertainty where many people do not know
where to turn and they are in a state of confusion and anxiety, Elaine offers a 'space' for
quiet contemplation and reflection by creating a place of peace and quiet. People can just 'be' with
the wonderful and beautiful healing photographs of nature and peace. I am proud to be a contributing
photographer." Margo Moss

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I am the founder and president of the Foundation. We have been active since 2002. I have met so many people and created amazing friendships through the years with patients,their families, volunteers, doctors, nurses, hospital auxiliary members, and hospital adminitrators. It was been very rewarding for me to see how my photos and the photos of our Contributing Photographers have made a difference in the lives of these people. I can't think of anything that I would rather be doing!

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

place many more photos in many more hospitals, and offer the Contributing Photographers program to many more photographers!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A wonderful non-profit that has identified a unique need in hospitals/clinics for art and has developed a cost effective way to get it there. Elaine has collected an incredible selection of photos from individuals around the world and it's impressive to see how she has spread these works around the world to benefit those who are most in need of hope and inspiration. Keep up the great work!

 
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Thanks, Rafael, for your kind comment and also for donating one of your lovely photos! I really appreciate your support!

Rating: 5 stars  

Look around when you go to various sites for your medical requirements and notice what a difference the art makes in your experience. Then imagine there being none.... It's a somewhat subtle but very real influence on how you feel in that environment. This is a truly unique and creative contribution to the mental health of people in the most remote and depressed areas of the world. When I first heard about it I was unimpressed considering the other more tangible needs. But when I heard the founder's story first hand and started thinking about it as I had occasion for some hospital stays I realized it even affected me and I'm not even very observant of my surroundings. Truly it's an inspired and one of a kind effort.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I am grateful to have two placements in hospitals through the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals. I have always believed in the healing power of art. Both in the process of creating it and, for those feeling less than best, viewing artful beauty. I believe in what the Foundation is accomplishing - calming anxiety in patients, whisking people away to another land for only a brief but important and restful moment, and filling an otherwise necessarily sterile environment with the beauty of nature.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Thanks, Terry, for your wonderful review! You actually have your photo in 4 different hospitals - in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Oklahoma, and California. The patients love your beautiful photo!!

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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7 people found this review helpful

The Foundation is leading the way in establishing photo art in hospitals all over the globe. As an advisor of an Art for Healing program at a hospital in Pennsylvania, I appreciated the Foundation's offer of a donation of five prints to add to our small collection.

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

place beautiful photographs in every hospital in the world, including those facilities in remote areas. The healing power of the donated art would help to comfort patients and their caretakers as proven in evidence based studies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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It was a pleasure to donate photos to the Lewistown Hospital, Nancy. The photos are being framed and as soon as I get them back from the framer, I'll send them on to you. All my best, Elaine

Rating: 5 stars  

Elaine takes special care to work with the hospitals' specific needs and desires. She went to great lengths to create a display of photo art in memory of my father that had to be specially framed for the unit where it was placed. And as a contributing photographer, I am so pleased that my photo - my small contribution - is lifting spirits and making a difference for patients and staff because of this foundation and her efforts.

 
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Thanks, Becky, for your kind comment. It was a beautiful project that we did to remember your father. The plaque with your parent's names as contributers will be there for a long time. Also your lovely photo will certainly bring peace and comfort to many patients all over the world!

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My father wanted to express appreciation to the hospital and its staff that cared for him so well. Elaine took the extra time and effort to work with the staff of the area that was to receive the donated photos. She created a beautiful memorial to my father that was mounted appropriately and matched my father's life so well. Thank you, Elaine.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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11 people found this review helpful

Elaine's mother, Leona, was one of my favorite people. She always encouraged and supported me, especially my musical endeavors. When she became ill, Elaine was her main support, present with her mother at every moment even though it meant leaving her home in Italy for months at a time. From this painful experience came this wonderful foundation, whose art provides encouragement and support for what can be the hardest time in people's lives. I'm grateful for Elaine's work and efforts, and I feel that she is keeping the spirit of her mother alive through this.

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

With Elaine's positive and creative energy, the possibilities are endless. I know she would be able to imagine even more ways to bring solace and beauty to patients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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