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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

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229 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Elaine is a jewel! So encouraging and helpful in the process.. You can feel her heart and warmth and compassion.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an inspiring organization with such a needed outreach. They are very professional and responsive. My interactions with them were a pleasure. I look forward to a long, fruitful relationship as a contributing photographer.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud and honored to be a contributing photographer to this amazing organization which is working to provide an atmosphere of comfort and healing to patients and their families when they need it the most. Founder and President, Elainne Poggi, is incredibly passionate about the benefits of art in hospitals and my experience with the foundation was excellent. I hope that my photograph is able to relive someone's stress and anxiety and play a small part in the healing process.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with few words: great, wonderful, super....and I could continue.

Chelsea25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The President of the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc met with me for a project while I was studying abroad, and not only was she very helpful and insightful, but I learned so much about the foundation and about the benefits of art in the healing process. This foundation does amazing things and I was very excited to be able to meet with her and talk about her job and the foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently heard a presentation about this foundation and thought it was truly inspiring! Hospital rooms can be a lonely and sad place for patients and their families. This foundation seeks to correct that by placing beautiful pictures taken around the world in hospital rooms and hallways. An amazing idea and way to brighten people's days that may otherwise have little to smile about.

Heather252

Donor

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be a contributing photographer to Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals. Patients and their family often feel nervous, vulnerable, and uncomfortable in hospitals. The sterile environment is cold and uninviting. Nature art allows the patient to escape momentarily, and brings a sense of calm and comfort. As a patient and a family member of a patient, I can attest that beautiful nature art is a much appreciated feature in a hospital. It brings me much personal satisfaction to contribute this wonderful cause. My hope is that one day my art will bring a sense of comfort to someone in a hospital. The concept of this Foundation is novel, and important to hospital patients worldwide.

Elaine the president and curator of the Foundation is fabulous. She was quick to respond to my emails, and she works tirelessly to support the Foundation. My entire experience with this organization was positive, and I would recommend working with the Foundation to both photographers and hospitals.

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel very honored to be a contributing photographer for thus very fine organization which provides joy and peace to hospitalized patients!

Fatima2

Donor

Rating: 5

The work done by this foundation is amazing, they bring joy to the sick and people sometimes tend to forget that they deserve to be as happy as they can and the possibility provided by the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals can make them forget their pain while they look at the photos. My experience (as a contributing photographer) with them was nothing less then spectacular! Kudos for their work!

Nate B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great concept and program! Wonderful people utilizing all their resources to heal and help recovery of patients; what a godsend!

Kharismayani

Donor

Rating: 5

Best nonprofit foundation to connect the work of art with the healing. Keep going! Good job!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Foundation For Photo Art In Hospitals is very good initiative. I really appreciate their work. Thanks :-)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Know that one of my images so 'as those of many other artists in the world can give a smile to those who are ill is something that fills me with pride.
A great compliment to Elaine Poggi and the founding Healing photo art, 'it was great to talk with her and I am grateful for the interest in my work.
Marco Ronconi, Italy

Marika B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am grateful to Fondation For Photo Art in Hospitals to the great meaning that an initiative like this has. Bring the beauty in hospitals, through photographs, means bring hope, good energy to persons who need support. Thank You Elaine!

2 Irienow

Donor

Rating: 5

I am excited and honored to be a contributing photographer to The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. I believe that beautiful and inspiring art, when viewed by people having a hard time, can stimulate helpful and healing feelings. Working with Elaine, I can tell by her professionalism that her organization is one to support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I always loved being around nature and beautiful landscapes so I decided to learn digital photography. When I read Elaine's story about her mom and how she started the Foundation for photo art in the hospital's I knew I needed to get involved so I donated my photo. I feel very honored to have an opportunity to share my work and help someone find peace and wellness.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Elaine's dedication is remarkable. I'm grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this fine organisation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Nature and Landscape Photographer that wanted to share my work in hospitals and medical facilities to help healing to the patients. I contacted Elaine and donated one of my photos to her organization. A few months later she found a home for my art work-Peace Inc. in Buffalo New York. Thanks Elaine for your dedication to the cause and vision to help join artists and the people that receiving healing from their work. John Munno www.johnmunnophotography.com

Donor

Rating: 5

I contributed a photograph of the Mediterranean Sea from the cost of Giglio Island to be used by this foundation. I am a firm believer in the power art has to heal the world, and this nonprofit is doing just that. If you close your eyes and visualize the interior of a hospital, I'm sure you'd see plain white walls and floors accompanied by sick and depressed individuals. This foundation is changing that! Imagine walking into what you'd expect to be a dreary and cold atmosphere, and instead you're greeted with warmth and comfort by the colorfully decorated walls. Your environment does play a vital role in your emotional, and even physical, well-being. Beautiful art hung along the walls of hospitals would surely ease the anxiety of patients young and old, as well as loved ones and care givers. My hat goes off to this idea by the Foundation For Photo Art In Hospitals Inc., and I am proud to be a contributing photographer for their cause!

Ardis L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a dream of sharing my love of nature photography with others so possibly through my pictures they could find a personal journey for themselves. Foundation for photo art/healing art has given me that opportunity. They helped me sort through several photos to finding the one that could become a photo journey. They worked with me through the learning curve to computer download and to their organization so my dream could reach others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing, inspiring, and professional foundation! Elaine Poggi is a poineering international leader with integrity, compassion, courage, and results.

ICNWORLD

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Surfing the internet i found this amazing foundation and when i read about "the mission " i wanted to be part of this amazing program. I am honour that one of my pictures was accepted and soon will be place in one of the hospitals. Thank you Elaine Poggi to make me part of your beautiful program. ICN
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen and experienced first hand how this Foundation has touched hearts through its healing photo art. The positive effect the photos have on people in healthcare facilities is remarkable and I hope the Foundation can continue to spread nature's beauty and giving hope to all of those in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful support for all patients! It brightens the experience for all who enter the hospital.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation is as inspirational as the photos they provide. Thank- you for all that you do!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. is a wonderful, non-profit organization dedicated to the act of healing through the use of visual art. Healing is not just a physical process but also involves mental quality / state of mind for the patient, family and caregiver. Visual art stirs emotion, and in the case of this organization, in a positive, relaxing, and therapeutic medicinal purpose. The art that is chosen by the foundation not only depicts a soothing and restorative sense, but can rebuild a peaceful recovery. By placing art in facilities world-wide, not fortunate enough to obtain art on their own, the foundation can help heal those who would not be able to have a tranquil and serene environment to begin or complete their recover. I am truly grateful to able to say that I belong to such a great establishment and hope that if my art helps just one person mend I have been blessed. Michele G.

Helen37

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. via LinkedIn. I am so impressed with their mission that I became a contributing photographer. Their work is admirable.

gregs

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Foundation brings hope in countless hospitals around the world. It does it with grace and without judgment.
I have been a volunteer photographer since 2008 and I had the honor to witness the growing success of the and the incredible impact of the Foundation. It made me proud and passionate supporter, year after year, and I am sure the future will bring even more fulfillment.
Greg Salvatori
GregPhoto.com

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Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals 09/19/2015

Thanks, Greg! And thanks for your beautiful photo which you donated to our collection!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working and contributing with the Foundation is a priceless experience. I am honoured to be a tiny tiny part of a process that help people feel better while they are experiencing a very difficult moment of their lives. Part of the beauty of the Foundation is the fact that it was born on empathy for the other and real life experience. If one stops for a moment and imagines the patient condition inside a hospital, one realizes that a patient's mood is a crucial factor. The Foundation lifts that mood in a delicate and unpretentious way, using beauty as a medicine.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals 08/11/2015

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I was so excited to find this organization. Donating photographs to a hospital or hospice is very much needed. I can say this as a patient, as a volunteer at a hospital, and as a family member visiting a sick patient.

At age five, I was rushed to the emergency room at White Plains hospital. I was there for one week, and then was transferred to North Shore - LIJ hospital. I found this experience to be noisy, stressful, cold, sterile, and full of unwanted needle-pricks not to mention a spinal tap.

As a result, these two weeks felt like two months to me. There were no beautiful photographs to view. There was nothing to bring me joy there. My mom slept in a cot by my bed. My dad visited every day. I think this experience may have been tough for them to bear.

As a hospital volunteer, I found Saint Agnes hospital in White Plains to be very sterile. Patients did not have any nature scenes to look at.

When my grandparents were hospitalized at the end of their lives, I wish that they could have viewed peaceful pictures of nature scenes.

I am an amateur photographer and look forward to contributing more photographs to this organization.

I think that the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals provides a necessary service to patients, and also improves the environment for visitors and staff.

Thank you for all of the work you do.
Deborah I. Blum

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Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals 05/02/2015

Thank you, Deborah, for this wonderful review. I am so happy to have you as one of our Contributing Photographers! I'm sure your lovely photo will bring smiles to many people! All my best, Elaine

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals does tremendous work. Research has shown that views of nature can help patients heal faster, require less pain medication, reduce perceived waiting times, etc. By providing these views in the form of nature photography does a great service to patients and families in hospitals that may not otherwise have the means to supply this valuable resource.

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Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals 10/29/2014

Thanks so much, Kevin! I appreciate your great review!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals 10/29/2014

Thanks, Dawnetta, for your helpful insight! So sorry you had to spend so much time in hospitals!

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals 10/29/2014

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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


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Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jill DiSalvo asked me to post this for her... "We at the African Health and Hospital Foundation have been working with Healing Art Photography for several years now, including these wonderful photos with our shipments of equipment and supplies to hospitals in East Africa. Seeing the photos in the hospitals not only reassures us of the value of beauty in otherwise difficult facilities, but makes us proud that we contribute through Elaine to individual beautiful experiences of patients in dire need of medical and spiritual support. What a wonderful way to contribute to the happiness of people in a small but highly significant way!"