Where Care Creates Change

The John J. Hemmingson Foundation builds resilient communities by supporting local organizations that address poverty, education, medical research, animal welfare, and more in the Inland Northwest.

Meet our Founder

John J. Hemmingson has a long history of giving back to the Inland Northwest & beyond.

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From his very first venture, philanthropy has always been a huge part of John’s life and is ingrained in the culture of the companies he founded. Our foundation is the conduit for John’s personal mission to give back, supporting causes that remain true to his mission to build resilient communities and support families throughout the region.

Our Purpose

Learn more about our history, focus, legacy projects, and more.

Our Areas of Focus

Education & Youth Development

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

Health &

“If we don’t stand for children, we don’t stand for much.”

~ Marian Wright Edelman


“The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

~ Mother Teresa, Missionary and Saint.


“Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world.”

~ Harriet Tubman

The John J. Hemmingson Center & Supporting Gonzaga University

John J. Hemmingson is on the Board of Trustees for Gonzaga University and supports many initiatives and projects at the University. John believes in Gonzaga’s mission to foster commitment to dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.

Major projects he has given to at Gonzaga include:

  • The John J. Hemmingson Center student center
  • The Jack H. Hemmingson Finance Lab in the College of Business
  • John J. Hemmingson Chair for Civil Liberties in the School of Law
  • Opportunity NorthEast, a Gonzaga initiative dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals, youth, and families in Northeast Spokane

Latest Updates

John J. Hemmingson Honored as ‘Person of Influence’ by the Spokane Journal of Business

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The Spokane Journal of Business recently announced honorees for the ‘24 People of Influence in 2024.’ John J. Hemmingson, our founder and the CEO of Lakeside Companies, has been selected.…

Camp Journey and the Sweetheart’s Ball

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Fighting cancer is a battle that requires phenomenal strength. Often, “fun” is a concept that can be neglected during an arduous battle with illness, especially for the most vulnerable: children.…

Annual Kootenai Memorial Golf Tournament

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Foundation members recently attended the Annual Memorial Golf Tournament for the Kootenai County Police & Fire Memorial Foundation. The foundation was established to extend financial assistance to first responders and…

A Year of Giving Back

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In this post, we are highlighting some of the charitable work done by ATC Manufacturing, a portfolio company to John J. Hemmingson’s Lakeside Companies. Throughout 2022, ATC supported various organizations…

Organizations We Support

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