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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

231 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melissa P.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This semester I have had the pleasure to work with The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals and it has brought me so much joy. Three months ago my grandmother passed away and I spent a lot of time in the hospital and hospice care with her. Seeing art on the walls helped me to find comfort and brought peace in a not so happy time. The work that The Foundation does allows for love, compassion, and healing to take place in patients and their loved ones. It has been an honor to work with Elaine, the founder, this semester and bring others comfort in their time of need. There is so much love and soul in the work that Elaine does and she has forever touched my heart.

1 Morgan W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work as a LINCS intern for the Foundation for Photo/Art in hospitals. I found this experience to be very rewarding and also something totally new to me. Working with the founder Elaine Poggi, I could tell right away she was very passionate and motivated to make a positive impact in others lives through photography. Elaine was very personable and kind throughout my time working for her. I felt very accomplished raising money for this nonprofit organization throughout the semester. I highly recommend becoming involved with this organization as the work is truly making a difference around the world. I hope to continue to stay connected and see how successful this foundation can become

1 Chad C.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last week I was invited to see the new art hung at the Barns West Siteman Center. I worked directly with one of the contributing photographers whose work was one of the images seen that day. While going through cancer myself I have found that hospitals and treatment centers are not where you want to be. But seeing these great pieces or art from around the world takes your mind off of chemo and allows you to picture yourself there rather than in a sterile treatment center. Keep up the great work..

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently attended the unveiling of photos at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes West. The experience was amazing and the photos really made the halls look better. The photos lighten the mood and add more to the walls then just blank whiteness. They add more color and life to a place that really needs positive energy. After looking at all of the pictures I was awed about the variety of different places that were represented, and the beauty that comes with going to those places was shown very well, giving patients and staff a sense of freedom when they might feel trapped in the hospital.

1 Jodi C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter and I recently attended the unveiling of the photo art at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes West. We were impressed by the beautiful, calm, and visually attractive atmosphere created by having the photo art throughout the facility. Over the past year, I have spent time in various emergency rooms, hospital/medical center waiting rooms, and doctors offices with my husband and children; I always prefer to be in a place with beautiful nature photos.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is in response to the review by SPhillips1122 who gave the Foundation its first 1 star rating. Almost all the other 225 reviewers gave 5 star ratings! The photos are beautifully printed on photographic paper, laminated thus no glass is needed, and hand framed in Italy. The hospital coordinator had already contacted the painters to fill the holes left by the previous artwork and to paint the walls which was to be done the day after the inauguration. Healing Photo Art had no part in installing the photos. The 65 photos were given as a gift to the facility. Yes, the patients and staff deserve more... more than the empty walls that they were viewing for months until the beautiful photos were installed.

Donor

Rating: 1

We have attended a couple of the Siteman shows sponsored by Healing Photo Art including today 2/17/20 at the St. Louis BJC West location. While I appreciate the message and mission, the poor quality of the work such as cheap printing & dollar store frames and no glass or acrylic to protect the photos was impossible to miss. As well as the crooked installation of work on walls with holes and outlines of previous art made me embarrassed for Siteman as well as Healing Photo Art. As a donor to Siteman I'm disappointed that they chose a quantity of bad art over quality. The patients and staff deserve more.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Today, I was a guest at the Siteman West cancer treatment center in St. Louis, a facility of the BJC Health System. Seeing the photos along the hallways and displayed in treatment bays, my husband and I voiced we couldn't imagine coming for treatment with just bare, white walls surrounding you. The gorgeous art must provide a tremendous, positive impact on patients as well as medical staff. The nature scenes bring such peace and inspiration. This Foundation's leadership and all the generous donors, such as Dr. Jerome Levy, of the Foundation for Photo/Arts In Hospitals have made such a powerful impact on the world! Building peace in places where it is so much needed. Thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have told many people about this organization, especially photo artists who would cherish knowing about this opportunity to make a difference to so many simply by sharing their gifts as photographers. I have worked with the Executive Director, Elaine Poggi, and am sincerely impressed by her passion for helping advance healing through photo arts in medical settings and her generosity as staff. Anyone associated with this endeavor will experience a great sense of achievement and goodwill to others. It is a program worth supporting in whatever means possible.

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.

2 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!

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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.

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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/

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

2 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.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I began to practice photography as a hobby I discovered how therapeutic it is to be out in nature capturing the beautiful light and life that surrounds us. Being able to share this gift with others makes it even more meaningful. Particularly when I can share it with people who may not have the ability to witness these places in person. I welcome viewers of my photos to stand in my place and imagine just for a moment that they are in a world of pure serenity.
As a health care professional myself, I understand how trying it can be to spend hours, days, and months inside a clinic or hospital. I am so glad this organization exists to enable me to provide some comfort to those who are giving and receiving care as well as their families. The thought that my photo may provide even a glimmer of hope to someone who is going through a difficult time in their life makes me proud beyond words.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This semester I had the opportunity to volunteer as an intern for the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. I was able to connect with the Foundation through a course I am currently in at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I worked closely with founder Elaine Poggi, who is involved in working with hospitals and clinics from around the world, accomplishing the Foundation's mission - donating large framed nature photos from around the world to bring comfort and joy to hospitals, patients, families and staff. As an intern I worked to reach out to hospitals and clinics to donate photos. I also worked with the Foundation's social media account and designed two promotional videos. The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is an amazing organization dedicated to healing through art photography. I have enjoyed learning from Elaine and working with the Foundation this past semester. I have learned so much about community outreach, photography, and working for a non-profit organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Jenny Rainbow Fine Art Photography

I discovered Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals simply in Google search when I was looking for healing art in healthcare industry. Im a photographer and do a lot of nature photos which I consider as healing art which can help for the ill people to relieve with the pain and negative thoughts.
When I found Photo Art in Hospitals site I decided that my art definitely could be a part of this missionary program and applied for participation.
Elaine, the president of the foundation was quick with her answer and review on my application and made the process go fast and smooth.
Im proud to be the part of such program and grateful for Elaine who accepted my request to join this great team!
May it be more people in the world as Elaine and the life will be much brighter and lighter.
Blessings!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am honored to have one of my photos featured on the "Healing Photo Art" website. My goal is to have my healing photos placed in hospitals. I am committed to bringing the world more peace and to help heal souls! Kristi D.
My website is www.kristikollections.com.

Brandon P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this foundation! Truly focused and motivated to help others and create a surreal positive environment.

Tatum O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foundation for Photos/Art in Hospitals is such a rewarding foundation to be a part of. I was able to volunteer with this foundation through a program offered by the University of Minnesota – Duluth. I had the privilege of working with Elaine Poggi, and was able to get some photos from the foundation hung up in the Mount Royal Clinic in Duluth, MN. I had a wonderful time working with the foundation and different hospitals to get these amazing photographs in front of patients. Everyone I worked with during this process was so excited about the photos. I am very thankful for the experience I received from working with this foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Healing Photo Art is a wonderful non-profit, and Elaine Poggi is a wonderful person. I became interested in the company when my Identity Design class at college tasked us all to choose a non-profit organization to redesign the logo, pro bono, and their work and mission was touching to me.

I was able to skype with Elaine a week ago, and after we had talked, I was able to send out some of my photography and work to her, which was then put on the website to later be put in hospitals for people to see, and I couldn't be happier to have my work be a part of this organization.


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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's so great that Elaine and her team are doing this.
Healing happens in so many ways and this is good for patients and staff alike.
Lje

Volunteer

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!

Volunteer

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.

maxinebillings

Donor

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.

Volunteer

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!

Amy_330

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.

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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

Monica97

Donor

Rating: 5

When my uncle passed away, I wanted to honor his memory somehow. He had lots of beautiful photos from his travels, and I was looking for a way to do something positive with them. I came across Photo Art in Hospitals Inc. and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share his work. Elaine graciously accepted a photo he took from a trip he took to Alaska. That trip was significant for him because it is what he had focused on while in the hospital, promising himself that when he recovered, he would take the journey- and he did.

Now, I'm glad the photo can be shared as an image of peace and optimism. I'm glad to hear it resides in over 20 hospitals and clinics, across the US. That's amazing- I appreciate the opportunity and Elaine's commitment to this work.

Beth194

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a contributing photographer to the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, I'm acutely aware of the impact that nature photography can have on those in severely stressful situations. Originally, I was inspired to become a contributing photographer by my aunt, who revered nature, yet was mobility impaired and chronically ill; my focus became nature photography for healthcare settings to alleviate the stress of patients, their families and caregivers, and help improve patient outcomes in clinical settings. Very recently, this focus has become particularly personal for me, having been recently diagnosed with, and undergoing treatment for breast cancer. As a patient with multiple visits to clinical settings in any given week, artwork and nature scenes have a particularly calming impact.
With many healthcare facilities lacking an artwork budget, the foundation places artwork in facilities all over the world.
-Beth Young
Sacramento, CA
www.optimalfocusphotography.com

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with an organization such as the Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals, was an incredible eye opening opportunity. I was able to experience how the foundation impacts lives of others first hand during our donation process with St. Luke's Hospital. One of my favorite parts was how appreciative and extremely grateful the staff members were as they repeatedly told Janell and I thank you for coming to them with the donation lifting patient's spirits. I was inspired by how many lives the foundation's work is able to touch around the world. It's simply amazing. It was our pleasure to help spread the work of the foundation through social media while both Janell and I were more than willing to help Elaine with whatever we could. Thank you, Elaine, for continuing to give students a fantastic opportunity to work along with the foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been such a privilege and humbling experience to work for the Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals for the past couple months. Through this opportunity, I've gotten to see first hand how much of a difference this foundation can make in the lives of others. During the hanging process of the photos at St. Luke's Hospital, there were countless patients commenting on how beautiful the art looked and how the photos really caught their attention. What I love most about this foundation is how such a small organization can make such a big difference all around the world. I also felt very appreciated throughout this entire experience working for Elaine and her foundation. Even doing the simplest things such as posting on social media goes a long way, and Danielle and I can both agree that it was our pleasure helping Elaine with whatever we could. I'd like to thank Elaine for giving Danielle and I the opportunity to work for her Foundation this semester and thank you for continuing to make a difference!