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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 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

180 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I am student at the University of Minnesota Duluth and interned with the foundation this last semester! It was nothing but an honor interning with such an incredible foundation. I also became a contributing photographer and am very excited that my photograph is already in Australia and Duluth, MN.

I believe that art in hospitals is a necessity and the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is providing hope to patients, staff, and family all around the world!


Rating: 5

My experience with the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has been extremely enjoyable. I worked with Elaine to start a project at a local hospital here in Duluth, MN. I was astounded by the positive impact of the foundation on not only the patients who visit the hospital, but the employees that work there as well. I was able to experience this first hand by hanging up the photos around the hospital and interviewing the employees who work there. They had nothing but positive responses and incredible stories. I believe this foundation does wonders for people all around the world and find it pretty cool to know many contributing photographers that share their work worldwide.


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.



Rating: 5

I found out about The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. during my research when I was seeking children's hospitals to donate some of my nature art to. I e-mailed the Foundation, and right away, Ms. Elaine Poggi responded, thanking me for my interest in their work, and included the guidelines for their Contributing Photographers Program. She also asked me to send her a few photos from my gallery. I did, and that is how my extremely pleasant relationship with her and the Foundation began.

As a result, I am now a happy and proud contributor to the photographers program! Ms. Poggi has made my experience so pleasant, enjoyable, and exciting! She chose one of my favorite pictures from my collection, my "Regal Red Camellia," for inclusion in the program and has already displayed it on her Foundation's beautiful Web site. This camellia also appears in my You Tube video which I have attached here on my first video art exhibition.

I meet many people for the first time whom I seem to have a really great and special connection with, and Ms. Poggi is definitely one of them! Her personality is extremely down-to-earth in a very kind, caring, and warm way. I am truly, truly thankful that she has allowed me this awesome honor and privilege to be a part of her extraordinary Foundation, and I look forward to working more closely with her!

Camstar J.


Rating: 5

Several years ago I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in Florence and I came across Elaine's Photo Art in Hospital Foundation and it intrigued me.

After meeting with her and learning of her foundation and its goals in placing beautiful photographs from around the globe to dress the bare white walls of hospitals, I was further taken back. I came to learn that her foundation was set up to encourage a talent as well as offer support to the weak. But what exactly did this mean?.

She encourages talented photographers, amateur or professional, to donate their photographs of natural beauty and in turn with the funding raising activities, she builds a fund that can then frame the photographs and send them to hundreds of hospitals across the world, from our developed countries to the poorest.

As a psychologist I can recognise how significant such a simple act of placing beauty in our visual sight has a direct effect in stimulating our mental wellbeing. There have also been a number of studies to show how our mental state effects our physical state, and so this subtle act of placing beauty in generally a very depressing space such a hospitals, is an incredibly powerful tool and message to our minds, consciously and unconsciously, the effects are profound as just having a positive state of mine affects our recovery rate.

Elaine has out done herself with her dedication and devotion to such a great cause, and through helping her with funding raising events and communication, I am so proud and happy to have contributed even slightly to her growing popularity.

Everyone needs hope and inspiration and that is what I feel Elaine does so well in her foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals. Well done Elaine!! you deserve the best for the goodness you share!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing non-profit organization! Their beautiful nature photos bring comfort to so many patients, families, and medical staff in hospitals and medical facilities around the world. Keep up the amazing work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Finding Elaine Poggi and The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc., has been one of the most inspiring events to have happened to my partner and myself. We have been moved by their relentless mission to heal through art. Having begun now to work with Elaine and the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, has been pivotal in allowing us to carry on her mission here locally in Los Angeles, and it has profoundly changed our lives. In turn we hope to pay in forward. This could not have happened without the guidance, kindness and generosity of Elaine and the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly heartwarming and loving to know so much beauty is being shared with those who need it the most!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc has made a huge difference in hospitals around the world. My story is simple. My husband had an aortic tear. He nearly died. When they finally took out his breathing tube he said the photograph of underwater corals in his room made him feel alive. The colors made him want to see them for himself, and when he was the most depressed the colors made him feel better. No one is in a hospital because they are well. Color, life and beauty in a photograph can and do make a difference in how the person who is ill feels. It helps the sick to get better.


Client Served

Rating: 5

We were thrilled with our beautiful photographic artwork we received from The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. All of the pictures were so beautiful, it was hard to choose a select few for our department! Patients love looking at them! Many thanks for these beautiful additions to our facility!!

Specialty Services Department
Marshall Browning Hospital Du Quoin, IL