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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 almost 6000 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

223 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bushman Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A healthy man has a thousand wishes, a sick man only one. Gloomy days in the hospital, bare walls in sterile conditions. Not everything has to be that way, this organization shows. Great idea, great work, great photos shared with people who have just one wish in those hospitals and sterile conditions. I am glad to be a part of this team and to help in some way in the healing and easier time spent in the hospital.

1 Azrin A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved my experience with The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospital. I was a volunteer intern for a few months, during which we placed photos in three sites. I loved seeing how we create a positive change in the community. Not only the clients at the hospitals, clinics, and hospices loved the photos, but the photos brought smiles to the staff as well. A staff person told me that every time she passed the photos it felt like she was taking a breath of fresh air. I am so humbled and greatful for the experience and learning I have received. Elaine's passion was so inspiring. I want to continue the work I did with The Foundation into my future. Healing people with Art, Community and Heart.

1 Adam J.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past fall semester I had the opportunity to meet Elaine, learn about The Foundation, as well as contribute to The Foundation's mission. I think what Elaine is doing, is simply amazing. Before hearing about The Foundation I was very unaware of the healing effects that photo art can have on someone, but after working as a student volunteer for her foundation last semester, I quickly realized how big these effects are. The Foundation also helped me gain a different perspective of global health, as well as a different perspective of myself, since the photos are distributed all over the world. I thank Elaine and The Foundation for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I can't wait to follow The Foundation's journey, see it grow, and see all the people helped by the photo art!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The work Elaine Poggi does through Healing Photo Art is of such a caring nature that contributing my landscape / nature photo prints was something I did not hesitate to do. In all my correspondence with Elaine over the years, her extreme passion for this immensely noble cause shines through. If I can be a part of making someone smile and forget their troubles, if only briefly, then I'm all-in. - Tom Potter http://tompotterphotography.com/

1 Lanig012

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was an experience I will never forget during my college career! I had the opportunity to Volunteer with the Foundation of Photo Arts this Fall semester at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and I could not be more pleased. Elaine's passion for her work was outstanding. The most rewarding part to me about working with the Foundation of Photo/Art, was receiving feedback from the employees, patients, clients, and everyday traffic through the facilities in which we implemented. We successfully implemented the photos into our health services facility on campus. It's very cool to me knowing that students everyday will be seeing these photos!

1 Brianna C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned so much about the Foundation and about Florence while working here. The Poggi family has been incredibly welcoming to myself and their other interns. They have helped us to feel like we have a home away from home and provided us with an experience that we will remember forever. As school winds down, I am able to reflect on all that I have accomplished this semester. While working with Elaine, I have learned new skills in Excel and Google Drive, been able to explore other tools used for social media and discovered the many differences between an Italian and American workplace. I am looking forward to my last few days here in Florence and am feeling bittersweet about leaving. I hope to continue doing outreach to hospitals once I head back to the states in order to spread the work of all of our contributing photographers around the world and make hospitals a more inviting place. Thank you to Elaine and everyone else who works to make the Healing Photo Art Foundation possible.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The program is so lovely and they are truly amazing ;))

2

Donor

Rating: 5

It is such an honor to contribute my photography to an important cause. Elaine’s communications were very quick, clear and respectful. Her passion for helping people was immediately apparent. I can’t wait to see my photos make people smile.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a great pleasure to work with Elaine, the founder of this foundation. She is appreciative, knowledgeable and responds super fast to photographers. Her foundation is doing fabulous work throughout the world and I feel very blessed to have come across her foundation. I highly recommend working with Elaine.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is an incredible organization fully focused on the betterment of others through art. Elaine Poggi, the founder of the organzation is committed to not only celebrating photographers and their artfrom but also making the healing process easier for those in hospitals. This perfect balance of using people's gifts and connecting them to a greater cause is what truly makes this organization so successfull. Furthermore, Elaine makes each step of the process smooth and organized for both hospitals and contributing photographers. Overall, this organization is fully committed and well organzed.

2 Kenzie H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals as an intern this spring and I could not be more pleased with this organization. I was able to place some of the photos around hospitals in Duluth Minnesota and the impact it had on these places was outstanding. The organization is very well run and being able to be apart of it for a semester brought me so much joy. I would definitely recommend this organization to future students looking for an internship.

1 Sarah Kelly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Elaine is nothing but passionate for the work she does, donating photos to be placed on the empty hospital walls all over the world. I had the opportunity the help Elaine out over the past semester spreading the word about the Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals as well as working with facilities to get photos on their blank walls. It was an experience I will never forget, seeing how grateful the employees, residence, and family members were for the beauty the photos brought to the facilities.

1 Paige D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to work with Elaine and the Foundation of Photo Art in Hospitals this past semester. Elaine's passion shows through in everything and every detail that she has a part of. I worked with Bayshore assisted living in Duluth Minnesota and got photos placed in their facilities where my aunt works and during the hanging ceremony of the art, it was amazing to see the joy that this brought the workers and the residents. I could not recommend working with this foundation enough, it was a great experience and Elaine was always so passionate, kind, and thoughtful in every interaction we had with her.

1 Maggie H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to work alongside Elaine this past semester as her intern, as well as a contributing photographer by donating one of my photos to the organization. To say that Elaine is passionate about her work is an understatement. She works every day to bring life to hospital rooms all around the world and inspires others to do so as well. I mostly worked with the foundation's social media accounts and had the opportunity to make a video of my experience this semester. I have learned so much about the business and ethics of running an organization and enjoyed seeing how art can directly transform one's outlook. I will continue to support this foundation, and look forward to seeing where it goes in the future!

1 Jeffery Thomas J.

Donor

Rating: 4

The concept of the charity is a good one especially for the hospitals that struggle just to keep their medical equipment current and running. I am a photographer that has donated an image to this cause in the hopes that it will bring some comfort to the staff and patients. Life alone can be stressful but then add in having to be in or visit some one in the hospital can add to that stress.

Jeffery Johnson | Photo Captures by Jeffery
https://www.PhotoCapturesbyJeffery.com

1 Gary M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Extremely responsive. I donated a photograph and Elaine Poggi was available every step of the way to give me assistance. What they are doing is, in my opinion, something that will help patients' attitudes in their recovery. Hospitals have a reputation of being drab, sterile places but photos on the walls can certainly brighten things up. The foundation deserves kudos.

1 Rich F.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Rich Franco and I'm a Photographer located in Central Florida and had read about this wonderful organization! I contacted them and was honored to be able to donate a number of images, to be used as Wall Art, around the WORLD! Terrific idea and so easy to get involved! Will certainly help more in the future!

https://rich-franco.pixels.com/

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very happy to have learnt of the work of the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals and Elaine Poggi, and I'm honored to have just been accepted as a contributing photographer so that I can help this wonderful cause. Having spent a lot of time visiting my father in hospital during the last year of his life, I love the idea that my photos may help provide some beauty and comfort to patients, visitors and staff in hospital environments throughout the world. Elaine was a pleasure to deal with, and I'm confident this is just the beginning of my ongoing photo donations to the Foundation. Catherine Reading

1 Kristi F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Elaine is fantastic at quick communications. You can immediately see her passion in helping people see the beauty in the world. What a special way to help the sick feel great hope! Thank you Elaine for all you do!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Friendly, courteous, prompt and forthright. Can't think of any way these folks could improve our relationship.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This non-profit helps patients in hospitals around the world by supplying them with donated art work specifically design to improve patient outcome & reduce staff stress based on evidence from hospital design research. As a contributing photographer, they made the donation process quick & easy.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals has been a very rewarding process. The Foundation donated photos to my place of employment, Mount Royal Pines III Assisted Living located in Duluth, Minnesota. It has been amazing to witness the positive impact the art has brought to the facility. I highly recommend becoming involved with this nonprofit organization as the work produced by the people involved truly matters and is making a difference worldwide.

1 Lucy B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to contribute my nature photography to the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. The healing benefits of nature are many, and this organization's mission is a wonderful way to share nature where it is so dearly needed. https://healingphotoart.org.
Lucy Banks, Tennessee

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to be a contributing photographer to https://healingphotoart.org. What a wonderful cause and organization! I am honored to think that someone somewhere in a hospital or clinic may look at one of my photo's and it might help brighten their day! ~ Mixed media artist&photographer, Kelley Jakelis.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with Elaine Poggi and the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals (healingphotoart.org) has been nothing but amazing. Not only did Elaine take an immediate and gracious interest in my work, but, since I happen to work in a hospital, she made a very, very generous offer of a contribution to us, which I forwarded to my administrators.

Elaine is the REAL THING in a world increasingly bereft of authenticity and integrity. If you have quiet, colorful, contemplative nature-scapes of any kind and you want your photographic efforts to actually MEAN something in someone's life, help her out! Two enthusiastic thumbs up, and five stars only because I can't give her ten!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals provides beautiful, uplifting, encouraging artwork to the patients, their families, and the untiring staff of medical institutions who otherwise could not afford it. I am honored to have contributed to this cause, and if I can help relieve the physical and mental pain of just one patient or caregiver, then my job is done. This is a truly worthwhile cause -- everybody needs more art in their lives, especially those under incredible amounts of stress day in and day out.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am brand new to photography and was supported, encouraged and patiently assisted by the Founder. Elaine offered gentle instructions, answered questions and provided much needed guidance through the process of submitting photos for the cause!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an artist I wanted to use my love of the arts and my artwork to help others. In researching for foundation I would like to get involved with, Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals inc, was one which really spoke to me because it was open to all hospitals around the world, but mostly because we are all affected by making the hospital environment a more welcoming and pleasant one. It’s mission is simple but can truely change the hospital stay of someone. Plus Elaine the person in charge of the foundation has been extremely welcoming and has made the process of getting involved so easy. I am proud to be able to participate in this great program and hope my art will help brighten up some someone’s hospital stay

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My students had an assignment to create nature photography and they read about Ms Poggi's foundation and wanted to contribute their work. We were so pleased to have had two photos selected for inclusion. We hope to contribute more work in the future

-Digital photography Class from Mission San Jose HS
Fremont, CA 2018

1

Donor

Rating: 5

A fantastic service that I'm so happy to be a part of. Elaine was very professional yet so humble and easy to deal with. So glad I can share my passion where it can make a difference to someone's health and wellbeing in a positive way! I Look forward to sharing more photos with this program in the future.

1 Claire B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned for Foundation this spring and it was an incredibly rewarding process, I learned a ton and got to be apart of a movement that helped people all across the world. I want to thank Elaine for her time and insight and I hope to do work with the foundation again in the future.

1 Laura L.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This last semester, Spring 2018, while I was studying abroad in Italy, I had the opportunity to intern for Elaine Poggi at the Foundation of Photo Art in Hospitals. It was an amazing experience to learn about Elaines goals for the foundation and then also get the chance to see it come to life. I had the opportunity to accompany Elaine to some of the hospitals where she has placed her photos and was able to see how much beauty and life these photos bring. Elaine has a wonderful mission with her foundation and I was lucky enough to work along side her and see the difference she is making in hospitals throughout the world.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was told about this foundation through a family friend , and I thought I could share a few of my photos and hope that they could bring s smile to peoples faces. It’s an honor knowing that just from my snapping a few pictures now and then can help to brighten someone’s day.

1 Paul49

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What it means being a contributing photographer.

“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”
--Paul Strand

There are various methods for making life events and scenery more interesting, enjoyable and people-centered; photography is one of them. Photography makes subjects like the environment, heritage, nature, people, festivals, places, and even healthcare, more interesting and meaningful for the public and the health professionals who serve the public.

Photography mirrors reality, it’s an art as well as science; it captures and reproduces reality with accuracy. It spans the range of human needs, both practical and emotional. Photography provides the thrill of catching and freezing a moment, a scene, a smile, a movement, an object, nature, and looking back at it. It is a creative art physically and psychologically. The pride of reproducing a moment encourages the photographer to look at the world through her or his own eyes.

I feel great knowing my photos have helped give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors and caregivers. Photography, art, and pictures are necessary, like music, to make a health care facility homey and relaxing. Sterility is an important issue for a facility’s health care personnel, patients, and procedures, but not for its walls.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

1 Cellolizard

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My attention was brought to Healing Photo Art upon moving to Italy to study abroad, as it was where I interned for the semester. Upon working with the organization, alas on more of a tech and media side of things, I was able to learn what the organization was and did on a more personal note. Being able to meet patients, doctors, and medical staff at Careggi Hospital in Florence and hear their personal stories and see in person the drastic impact the art makes brought much more depth and meaning to the work I was doing on a daily basis. I was honored when Elaine asked me to become a contributing photographer after talking about our mutual passion for photography and the arts in general. I am a firm believer that the arts have a healing power that is beyond any technology we can develop, and I formerly saw this with the power of music (I am a concert cellist) and now I see it with the photography. To be able to know that patients, families, caregivers, and others in the medical facilities can be brought a sense of calm, relaxation, or simply distraction amidst feelings that can be otherwise quite nerve-wracking and stressful is incredibly fulfilling. If a single person's life is changed for the better due to this, then it is worth every bit of making it possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Foundation this past semester as an intern and through doing so, have been provided an in-depth look at the effects it has throughout the world. Through hearing others' stories and especially through talking with doctors in facilities that have undergone a transformation at the hands of the Foundation, I have been given a glimpse into the very tangible effects artwork has on the lives of individuals.

In addition, I am a contributing photographer and I look forward to staying connected to the Foundation in this capacity as the mission speaks personally to me since I am a firm believer that art, whether painting, photography, music, or any other medium, has a profound positive impact on everyone, but especially in this context, those struggling with a variety of medical/mental conditions.