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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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43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dana42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Elaine

Thank you so very much for all you have done with your amazing photography, dedication, and devotion to this good work.
I am beyond thrilled to have been a tiny part of your vision!
Many many heartfelt thanks for your inspiring service to others.

Dana Gilbert
Photographer
It's The Light Images

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 09/17/2014

Thanks so much, Dana, for your wonderful review. We are also thrilled to have you as one of our Contributing Photographers!

Giuliana P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped Elaine to donate in Sri Lanka at the Arachchikanda Hospital in Pathana Hikkaduwa. After four years, yesterday I was there to supervise and was surprised to see how doctors and patients are proud of her for the photos she donated there.
Very well done Elaine you are doing a fantastic job.

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 08/12/2014

Thanks, Giuliana. So glad to hear that the photos in the hospital in Sri Lanka are helping the patients there. Thanks again for coordinating this project!

nbart414

Donor

Rating: 5

I have written reviews in the past about this organization. I can only say that the Foundation continues on its course as a great non-profit, thanks to the tireless effort of its founder Elaine Poggi. Five stars all the way!

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 08/12/2014

Thanks, Nancy! I appreciate your review!!

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Rating: 5

My husband and I were vacationing with friends on the island of Antigua early in 2012. One of our new friends on the island is nurse supervisor at St. John's Medical Center there. We told her that we are acquainted with The Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals and its Director Elaine Poggi. We admire Elaine's dedication to the Foundation and its mission to place beautiful photographs in hospitals all over the world. Thanks to the Foundation's generosity, we were able facilitate a donation of framed prints for St. John's Medical Center.

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Barbara179

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the simple desire to give comfort to her ailing mother, Elaine Poggi and her Foundation have, no doubt, brightened the lives of those who live, work and visit her participating venues. Such a simple idea--created for one, now available to thousands. Kudos to Elaine and all who work with her on this fabulous project.

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 08/12/2014

Thanks so much for your kind words, Barbara!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a wonderful project. I've been fortunate enough to donate my art to this foundation and they've handled all of the logistics of placing the art in hospitals in the far corners of the world that I will never get to visit. I love knowing that somewhere one of my pieces might be giving a brief moment of beauty and peace to busy, stressed people. I also like to know that an intimate view of my part of the world is being shared with people far away, and that they are only getting to experience that perspective because of the efforts of this foundation.

Paul50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience while working with Elaine at The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals could only be described as truly positive! As a graphic designer living and working abroad, it was a pleasure to donate my time and effort towards a non-profit committed to improving the lives of patients in hospitals around the world. Now, back home in Canada, I hope to one day have the chance to work with the organization again... it was a blast. Thanks Elaine.

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 06/01/2012

Thanks Paul! You were a great help to me while you were in Florence. You taught me so much about Lightroom. And you started a new website for us. Thanks for the generosity of your time. I look forward to working with you again in the future. And it was a blast for me, too!!! All my best to you, Elaine

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Some of the photos were displayed in the hospital in Japan which have given good heeling to the patients. Many patients love them. Tommy Endo from Tokyo.

Nancy47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization's ability to bring beauty, peace and comfort to those in the midst of a trying time with health issues..is by far, one of the most necessary gifts, literally priceless, we can give. I was honored that a photo I took was sent to a clinic in a very rural, dire strait community, in another country. It filled my heart, knowing that any patient, under any circumstances, may fall upon that photo and find solace, in their need for strength, easing anxiety perhaps. This foundation is changing how we perceive a "medical" arena to be. May it continue to grow, for it's vital that we bring beauty, nature, art into such an environment that is trying to heal those in need. A vital tool for all our healthcare institutions, worldwide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I becmae involved because I knew the charity can always use excellent photographs to place in hospital rooms to give them a better healing ambience. If I got lucky with a photo, I sent it to the group. I also got some of my more excpert photography friends to send photos. All of us were treated with courtesy and respect.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I came to know this group when I was a patient in an Italian hospital. The Italian hospitals are spartan in their atmosphere. I noted some lovely photographs, however, on a few walls. These were from the Foundation. I then purchased one of them myself as a thank-you gift to the hospital. This group does an important job in helping those in hospitals recover in an atmosphere infused with beauty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission of the Foundation can be such a life-changing one that it is always a pleasure to participate and help expand it's cause worldwide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Foundation since it's conception in 2002…. and I have to admit, when my mother had the idea to start this Foundation, I was a bit skeptical. She had always taken, in my eyes, beautiful photos for as long as I could remember but I just didn't think any health care facility would want HER photos. Moreover, how was she going to approach them and get hospital executives to listen to her? Was I wrong! Her confidence, optimism and positive attitude combined with an extraordinary vision and mission got her very far…. thousands of her photos are now in hundreds of health care facilities all around the world and are having a comforting and healing effect on thousands, maybe millions of people! Through the years, many people from around the globe have shared in my mother's vision and have volunteered their time, energy, photos and funding in incredible ways. It is comforting and gratifying to see how people are so enthusiastic about helping others in need. But the most rewarding moment, the reason that makes you want to keep on going on and do more, is when you get feedback from people that are directly affected by my mother's photos. They write about how a single image of nature hung in front of their hospital bed gave them beautiful dreams, gave them hope and helped them get through the dismal days and months during their sickness and care. When these photos touch a heart, and give the person a sense of hope, a love for life, then the Foundation's mission is achieved. It gives me great honor and pleasure to be able to help in my little way, from Tokyo, Japan, by giving advise on marketing strategies and designing marketing materials for the Foundation. I also helped coordinate two projects for two different hospitals in Japan and since 2009 have also become involved as a participating photographer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aware of the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals at a Rotary International conference. Elaine gave a presentation which included a lot of her photography. Since that time which was shortly after the fouyndation was started I have heard many reports of how her art has benefitted hospitalized patients. Elaine has a great photographic talents which she has selflessly contributed to bettering conditions on hospitals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals about 4 years ago when Elaine contacted me about creating a website. The more I learned about the her organization and the dedication, warmth and love she brings to care giving institutions the more hooked I became. Elaine and I have become friends and continue to improve the site so that its stakeholders(patients, health care facilities, and donors) will continue to succeed in amazing ways. My goal is to work with more clients, like The Foundation, that share a passion for doing good in the world. Richard Price – Ascend Interactive

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From a personal stand point, I can give testimony as to the therapeutic benefits of the photos from the Foundation. Even more amazing is the effect they have on the entire hospital staff. Because of Elaine's talent, dedication and hard work, the Foundation is contributing to the well being of untold numbers of people throughout the world. Written by Dale L. Fulton, a friend and neighbor of Elaine and her family in her home town of Sparta, IL, USA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the idea that is at the heart of the Foundation For Photo Art In Hospitals--combining compassion, love, beauty, and nature. Truly, this makes a powerful combination! I have personally seen what an incredible impact these photos have on individuals in hospitals, along with the dreams they inspire of a peaceful, loving, and healthy world. To them, these dreams are priceless, and resonate with the deep-seated human drive to survive, recover, and ultimately be restored to full health. The photos also carry great potential to continue making a difference far beyond the hospital walls by inspiring us all to work together in building a better tomorrow--by contributing to greater international understanding, environmental stewardship, and concern for our fellow forms of life on this precious planet.

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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!

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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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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

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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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to distribute photo arts donated by this group to hospitals in Ankara - Turkey. The Foundation mailed through the UPS some (36 framed 53X72 cm) photographs that I chose from their website to my home address at no cost to me and here is the list of hospitals that I distributed the photos: The first hospital that I gave some photos was dedicated to rehabilitation of soldiers who lost basic body parts to mine explosives or deliberate gunshot. These young men are locked inside their wheelchairs; they lost their future and their numbers reach to thousands. There were also some patients who walked around with white canes. They could not see the photographs, but must have heard the cheerful voices of other youngsters around them. Just like thousands of other civilian day patients, I go to this hospital from time to time for physiotherapy treatment on my aging knees. The next hospital that I donated some of these photos was the Oncology Hospital in Demetevler district of Ankara. They hang these photos to the large saloon where hundreds of patients receive treatment each day. Since many patients came from nearby villages, they spend with their care givers long hours at the very large waiting room, so I donated a second batch for that room - mostly farm and nature scene photos. The children’s ward of the Social Security Hospital received my next batch of photo donation. They had recently renovated the building, so they cheerfully hang the photos on the freshly painted walls. I also gave another batch to their old age section. I gave another batch to the cancer floor at the women’s ward of Ankara University Hospital. While I was inspecting the walls suitable for the photos, a young new patient arrived to check into her room carrying a small suitcase. I cannot explain the feeling I had, during the nice conversation I had with her. The whole experience was therapeutic for me too – a mother trying to overcome the loss of her young daughter.

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Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 02/05/2010

Fatma, thank you for your detailed account of your experience as a volunteer. I hope we can send more photos to your country in the near future. And thanks again, for the donated photos of your precious daughter... Best, Elaine