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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

229 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Few foundations maintain the highest levels of quality on all fronts--especially as they become more established. This Foundation is one of them. It has been successful in consistently achieving its goals of providing peace to people who are suffering at the end of their life. Their high quality photos have reached hospitals in the most remote corners of the world and continue to expand to others. The founder's efficient organizational and resourceful skills continue to be a pillar of the organization. May all hospitals and patients benefit from this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Art is the language of the unspoken soul. Nature is the language of our existance and capturing both.... is indeed a rare gift. Elaine has the gift to capture both and is willing to share her talents so that others may reap the benefits of experiencing nature and art whenever they find themselves in an indoor environment far removed from what it is that the soul needs to speak. Deborah Burnett http://www.deborahburnett.com

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our senses make our feelings and visual experience is one of many. Being healthy and able to go outside and see things seems normal and because of that we are not aware of everyday wonders around us any more. Being ill and staying in hospital bedrooms inside of 4 walls we start to miss those things and become aware of them but they are far away. Elaine's ideas and photos bring them back to people. Photos serve as a window through hospital walls which brings patient's thoughts to past and future beautiful experiences.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Elaine Poggi for 40 years and can attest to her absolute conviction, undying empathy and enthusiastic determination to bring light and comfort to others who are in need. She has found a wonderful way to put together her talent and her dedication by contributing her photographic art work to hospital settings around the world. I am a fellow photographer and appreciate her use of the camera to make pleasing scenes for those patients confined to hospital spaces, medical staffs and visitors to enjoy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Elaine Poggi and learn of the wonderful work the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals in 2004. Our Auxiliary was looking for something to brighten our patient rooms. Once we spoke with Elaine and saw first had some of her photo art, we knew we had found what we were looking for. Her photo art was filled with her passion for photography and was sure to brighten and lift the spirits of our patients, families, visitors and the staff. We felt fortunate to be able to purchase such high quality art on a relatively low budget. As we expected (and hoped), the photo art was very well received by our patients, etc. Many asked questions about the photographer and where were some of the pictures taken, etc. This photo art is truly "healing art".

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The foundation for Photo Arts is a wonderful project conceived by Elaine Poggi who has traveled the world taking gorgeous life-like pictures of spectacular settings and arranging for them to be housed in hospitals. Ms Poggi felt that patients who are ill would benefit from looking at pictures of real places depicting natural beauty. There is no doubt in my mind about the therapeutic effect of these works of art. At the department of neurosurgery of the university of illinois at chicago, we have had the good fortune of receiving some of these pictures and they have been extremely well received by all who see them. Thank you Elaine for the wonderful contribution you have made the the life of so many people. Fady T. Charbel, M.D.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. not only provides comfort, hope and peace to patients, staff and families in the hospital setting through beauty-filled photographs, they are pioneers in the field of epigenetics. As a result of Elaine Poggi's personal experiences with family members and her heart-felt passion to help others, The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is now a leading force in educating the general public and offering them the experience of how an environment can be altered and enhanced to support the body's natural healing process. It is an joy and honor to support their mission and vision to bring healing photo art to the world's healing centers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Abbiamo sempre troppo poco tempo per guardarci attorno. Viviamo di corsa, il lavoro ci assilla, a volte manca anche il tempo per la famiglia. Ma quando ci si ammala allora tutto cambia. Le giornate sono lunghissime e ogni dettaglio dell'ambiente in cui ci si trova diviene interessante. Purtroppo gli ospedali oltre a essere luoghi di sofferenza spesso sono anche squallidi. Elaine con le sue foto apre fantastiche finestre su quel mondo che non ci siamo mai fermati abbastanza a osservare e le pone in luoghi dove c'è tutto il tempo per apprezzarle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The FOUNDATION FOR PHOTO ART is dear to me because much like Elaine’s experience, my mother also spent a few months in hospitals until passing away in a 2002 in a hospice in New York City. For the months I essentially took residency in these hospitals, I too noticed how bare the walls were and wondered how a place like this could be made less cold. When I met Elaine and learned about what she did with the foundation I was very moved. I was even happier when she asked me to donate one of my own photos, which I did, proudly. I truly believe that these photos bring a ray of joy and inspiration into the lives of people who really need it. I am grateful to Elaine for giving me the opportunity to participate even if in a small way. Keep up the amazing work!

9

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very good opportunity trying to help people who are in the hospitals. I met Elaine several years ago and she is really put a lot of energy in this project, she is wonderful and she is doing a very very good job.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

How can I not rave about the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals? Their mission is a noble one: to place nature art in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients. Their leadership is passionate and professional. I have met with their president (Elaine Poggi) several times and am impressed by her ambition and determination. Their reach is global and they make their services available and affordable to all.

3 blandina

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw the birth of the Foundation and from the beginning I was moved by the depth of the feelings that inspired it. I have always been in admiration of Elaine's ideals, passion and committment. She is doing a great job, I heve seen her work in hospitals here in Florence and felt very proud to know Elaine and be her friend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with Elaine to install some photographs in a hospital in Pailin, Cambodia. This hospital provided only the most basic care, and her pictures brightened the wards and opened up the patients view of the world. Thanks Elaine for your good work througout the world. Dr. Francisco Grijalva

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Donor

Rating: 5

Elaine presented her Foundation to me a few years ago. I spent some time understanding and becoming sensitive to the messages she wants to deliver to humanity through her Foundation: we need to share our love, we need to give back, we need to appreciate the most simple things in nature, we need people and we need to love people. She is amazing! Thanks Elaine. After various discussions and after listening to her personal experience of the death of her mother, I decided to help in my small way so I visited a hospital where my wife and I donated some of Elaine’s pictures. The sight of the corridors where the patients with cancer wait before entering for their treatments, the sight of the seats and machines where the patients have to stay during their sessions made me partially understand what she meant. I feel lucky everyday for having the chance to breathe fresh air, to see beauty around me, to smell the fragrances of flowers, to swim in blue seas, to touch nature, to project my dreams into the sky, to listen to the sound of life, to feel free, to move...To feel light...To love my family and my friends. Elaine dedicates her time, her energy, her life to give hope to people. To give them hope and strength to fight their illnesses. To see beyond the cold and hard walls of life. Forza Elaine!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

On a behalf of everyone at AHRC New York City, I would like to thank Elaine for bridging the opportunities for people with disabilities who are passionate photgraphers too.Thanks to Elaine, our photographers are contributiong to people who are healing in many hospitals by having their beautiful pictures of nature exhibited around the world!.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was deeply in pressed by the idea of improving the atmosphere for those who are hospitalized either as outpatients or those admitted for extended periods. I have seen the photos and the way they transform stark, depressing areas into pleasant places. Photos are not just images - they often trigger a good memory and /or pleasant thoughts. They mean different things to different people. They can give hope in times of despair, not only for the patient, but the family members as well.Through the donations of its supporters and the efforts of the founder and board, photo art has been installed around the world in big and small hospitals, for adults and children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has a great idea! Imagine the healing joy that comes from looking up from your hospital bed and seeing the beauty of nature captured in photos. And I can tell you first-hand that the people who bring this idea to reality are dedicated, creative people who will do all they can to match the generosity of donors with opportunities all over the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Speaking as a professional fundraiser with 20 years' experience,now retired, I can attest that Elaine Poggi's dedication to her mission, added to the energy with which she promotes it, ensure its ongoing success. Two suggestions: research and follow through on (1) which med schools are studying the effects of attractive environments on patient outcomes, and (2) which corporations, USA and abroad, involved in digital photography would consider requests for major gifts. Then submit relevant proposals. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is an important project and deserves our generous support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ho avuto il piacere di vedere fino dal suo inizio la nascita e la crescita della Foundation ed ho avuto anche l'onore di vedere come ogni giorno la Signora Elaine portava avanti il suo progetto con impegno e soprattutto tanto amore e tanta passione. Ed è questo che rende la Foundation for Photo Art in Hospital una iniziativa davvero speciale: nasce dal cuore di una donna come noi, che ha sofferto nel profondo la malattia e la perdita di una persona cara e che ha saputo trasformare questo dolore in un cosa bella e positiva per il prossimo. In questo modo di oggi dove l'individualismo e l'idifferenza sono ormai all'ordine del giorno, l'iniziativa personale di qualcuno che si occupi di sostenere, senza alcun profitto, l'animo di persone malate e di coloro che vi sono intorno è cosa rara ed unica. Sono fiera di aver avuto l'opportunità di entrare in contatto con la Foundation ed in particolar modo con la Signora Elaine perchè toccare con mano tanto impegno sincero e genuino scalda il cuore e fa sentire meno soli. Auguro con tutto ilcuore lunga vita alla Foundation ed a tutti i volontari che mettono ogni giorno un pò delle loro energie affinchè essa vada avanti e continui un'opera immensa di beneficio in tutto il mondo. Paola

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

The photos placed in the hospitals around the world add warmth and joy to spaces filled with illness and fear. Elaine's views of nature offer people suffering and in pain a window onto the beauty of God's creation and provide hope to many in need. The Foundation has collected testimonies of their effectiveness which will be presented at a symposium in Florence this Spring.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I have seen Elaine's photos and know that her work is exceptional. Elaine has a passion for bringing art, and thereby bringing stimulation and comfort to those in hospitals. We remember seeing the cold, dreary hospital room that Elaine's mother occupied during her lengthy illness. Elaine hung her own photos to bring her cheer. We know that her photos are in many parts of the world and commend her efforts. We hope she continues her great work.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been so incredibly blessed to work with Elaine Poggi, founder of the Foundation for Photo Art. Having worked in third world countries, I know the impact these photographs are having with the hurting & sick. There is nothing more powerful that an inspiring & colorful piece of artwork in what would otherwise be a cold & stark atmosphere. Elaine's passion for her foundation is absolutely extraordinary, and has humbled me both professionally & personally. I am looking forward to taking her, along with her contributing photographers, artwork to a small village in Kenya next month.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've seen photos for the first time on the wall of an Hospital in Florence and it gave me a good feeling about all those beautifull pictures in such a sad environment. Later I made a donation to the foundation and helped placing photos in a Rome Hospital. I think that this foundation has a strong power giving happiness and hope to get out of the Hospital to all recovered people. Keep doing that Elaine is such a beautiful thing!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Even though Elaine Uchtmann Poggi and I grew up on neighboring farms in Southern Illinois, we lost touch with each other after high school. I occasionally saw Elaine and her mother at a restaurant in Sparta where my parents and I ate. I knew Elaine lived in Italy. And thanks to the local paper, I was aware that she had a foundation for art in hospitals and had donated photos to the Sparta Hospital. But it was only after my mother was hospitalized for several weeks at the Sparta Hospital, that I became acquainted personally with Elaine’s photos and their peaceful presence in a sick room or waiting area. In each of Mom’s rooms, there was a photo of Elaine’s, gracing the wall. As I would sit by Mom’s bed, I’d see those photos and feel God’s presence through the beauty of His creation. Both Mom and I felt as if our friend Elaine was sitting there with us. I find comfort in the fact that Mom had those photos to keep her company when I wasn’t there, especially on the night that she died. Seeing those photos in Mom’s room prodded me to contact Elaine and renew our friendship. AND get involved with The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, donating additional photos to the Sparta Hospital and the Randolph County Care Center in honor of both of my parents. The simple act of looking through the photos on the foundation’s website is a healing activity by itself. But seeing the photos up close and personal is so very special. They convey peace and comfort and beauty. They help a person rest in the presence of God through His beautiful world. They provide a respite for patients and family members in the midst of sickness, pain, and even death. Working with Elaine and sensing her passion for her foundation was an act of healing for me. It encouraged me to share with others the impact these photos had on my life (and my mother’s) and how they can get involved with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. And whenever I walk in the hospital or care center and see the photos, I smile as I remember the peace and joy they have brought to my life (and the lives of others who see them). I’m thankful for the foundation AND Elaine for offering to a hurting world a glimpse of the peace, comfort, and healing only God can provide in His awesome and beautiful creation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The photos placed in hospitals by this foundation depict beautiful scenery from many different locations around the world. I have seen these high quality photos in hospital locations in St. Louis and in Sparta, Il, while visiting friends and relatives in these facilities. I find them to be inspiring and a lift to the spirit.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

From personal experience, I am well aware of the healing effect of optimism. Because of this, I feel such a tremendous sense of joy and gratification, knowing that my art can bring peace and happiness to those who are suffering from difficult circumstances in hospitals around the world. Please take full advantage of this program, as it is a most noble effort. Sincerely, Sophia Jekic' donor of fine art photography

4

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband, Donald and I donated money to this organization. We feel it was money well spent as we recognize a very real unmet emotional need of patients who may be experiencing potentially life changing situations such as surgery, chemotherapy and/or long term assisted living. Photo art can and does allow the individual to focus on something positive and calming during such stressful times. Don and Carol Ashley

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a GREAT experience working with Foundation for the Photo Art, in Venezuela and Guatemala. I remember when we put the pictures in the infectious disease ward in Venezuela, one of the mother (16 years old) that was there because of her 3 month old baby told us while we were putting the pictures up: THANKS FOR BRINGING SOMETHING THAT CAN MAKE US SMILE IN THIS PLACE! At that moment we really realized the impact a beautiful picture can have. We are so greatful for ELAIN support, we have 8 school clinics in Guatemala that have benefit from her wonderful work!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit organisation helped send healing photos at its own expenses 100% to Malawi ( The Warm Heart of Africa). These photos are hang in a clinic in one of the poor remote areas of the Central Region of Malawi called Mtunthama, Kasungu District. The clinic is run by the Anglican Diocese and is helping the poor and needy who would have no opportunity to the other parts of the world and its beauty and help them appreciate God's beautiful creation as result begin to think and thank God for that is beautiful in the middle of pain and difficulties. The feedback is that the personnel at this Clinic were greatly touched that some people would think of decorating a place of healing and cure like theirs free of charge. The generosity shown through Foundation For Photo Art in Hospitlas Inc. has helped transform lives and attitude towards non profit organisation that sometimes have spoiled the reason for their existence that they use the images of the poor, needy and vulnerable to become famous and find a way to raise financial contributions in Malawi. For me persoanlly it touched me because the gift was freely given with no strings attached. There was no hidden agenda in the giving. It was to help the weak and poor see the beauty of God's creation around the world. I am very grateful to Elaine for this foundation.

1 sereneview

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is dedicated to providing art that delivers therapeutic benefits to hospital visitors, staff, and patients. Research results reveal that viewing nature photographs lowers blood pressure, anxiety, and reduces the need for pain medication. Elaine Poggi and the Foundation have done an incredible job of assembling a collection of world class photography and placing them in hospitals around the world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is a remarkable group.They are providing beauty not only to people who are sick but also to the people who work with them and their families. Placing beautiful artwork in hospitals creates an environment of hope and healing and enables people to let go of fear. The impact of the arts in the process of healing was recognized early on by Hippocrates, who understood the importance of uplifting his patients' spirits. Similarly, Galen would set his patients outside in the marketplace, enhancing their healing through contact with the sights and sounds of daily life. The value of a rich and uplifting environment to healing has since been documented in such research as Robert Ulrich's study: "Effects of Interior Design on Wellness: Theory and Recent Scientific Research" (Journal of Health Care Interior Design, 1991), which demonstrated that patients who could view nature through their windows had shorter post-operative hospital stays, made negative comments less often, needed fewer doses of narcotics, and had fewer post-surgical complications. I am very proud to be a part of this organization. This organization promotes healing through beauty!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been in the hospital too many times in my life....so when I came across this exciting website that shares photos with hospitals around the world I just had to find a way to be a part of spreading the joy, peace, tranquillity and healing that is offered by the Healing Photo Arts Foundation. I love taking photos and have had the honor of becoming a contibuting artist which means when a hospital wishes to choose photos for the walls of their facility my photo is included with all of the many photos available on the site for them to choose from. Just recently I was informed the my photo was chosen to become part of the healing for many in Australia. I can't say how excited I am that my photo may bring a smile to someone on the other side of the world! This Foundation is bringing Hospitals around the world an opportunity to fill their walls and hallways with color and views across the globe just for the asking.....I hope to find a way to get more involved to make sure they continue to grow and prosper!! Hospital funding for art is nill and the walls need to be filled with healing arts so please support Eliane Poggi in her dream to send these photos around the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From the first time Elaine Poggi opened the trunk of her car to show us her beautiful photographs and shared her vision for the Foundation of Photo Art in Hospitals, we have been fans. Our local hospital has benefitted from the Foundation’s work and we have observed the difference colorful photos make when they are introduced in the monochromatic, sterile hospital environment. Far more remarkable, however, is the difference made in the lives of people. The patients, their friends and family, and the hospital staff can all escape the worry and pressure of the hospital atmosphere when they see the colors and images on the walls. The photos add beautiful points of focus that help patients to think of places or things beyond themselves and hope for a better time. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is truly making the world a better place and it’s doing it one photo at a time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gorgeous art and wonderful operation. We have used these generous services for several hospitals in East Africa. The children, caregivers and other patients all loved the photos in Rwanda and Tanzania.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Elaine Poggi personally for many years. I have seen and worked with her as she shared her talents and dedicated herself, wholeheartedly and unselfishly, to the children's ministry, music ministry and adult education in our church. By creating the Foundation for Hospital Art, she continues to extend her artistic abilities and charismatic personality - through untiring, world-wide travels and contacts - to bring beauty, joy and tranquillity to those who are suffering,