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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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals through another website several years ago. After reading about what Elaine Poggi does with her photographs and photographs of Contributing Photographers for hospitals around the world I immediately emailed her and wanted to donate one of my photographs. I have donated two photographs the past two years and both are framed and hanging in the Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy. What Elaine does is really amazing- placing beautiful nature photographs from around the world into hospitals around the world to brighten the walls, the spirits of patients, caregivers and their families. I am honored to donate my photographs to this most worthy cause. Dolores Kiriacon, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We often feel powerless when it comes to helping others. Sometimes we lack the means or simply don't know how.
I have found that it is the small things that often make the difference. Simple gestures we overlook and don't think about on a day to day basis.
For the ones who are lucky enough to go about the world and capture its beauty with a photo the Foundation offers the easiest way to share that moment with people who are less fortunate and dont have the same opportunity.
I am honoured my photo can be shared and hopefully bring some joy to anyone who sees it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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