John Hemmingson and the partners at Lakeside have a long history of giving back to the communities in Spokane, Post Falls and the greater Inland Northwest. Their contributions and philanthropic efforts make real and lasting change. Hemmingson and our partners seek out organizations and projects that reflect their values, to make the Inland Northwest, — and the world — a better, healthier, happier place to live. For more information or philanthropic inquiries, contact Angie Rothrock.
“If we don’t stand for children, we don’t stand for much.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
Boys & Girls Club
We’re committed to the youth of the Inland Northwest, which is why we participated in the capital campaign to build a new facility for the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County and Spokane County. This wonderful facility provides a safe place to keep kids in the area active and out of high-risk activities.
By investing in facilities and intervention programs through the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Inland Northwest, we support the development and resourcing for underprivileged youth. These programs work to ensure that young people in our region have the social, emotional and academic support to create opportunities for success throughout their lives.
Vanessa Behan is an invaluable Spokane nonprofit that provides a helping hand to parents of young children experiencing a crisis. The nursery cares for children under the age of seven and provides parenting education, crisis counseling and other services. Lakeside contributed to Vanessa Behan’s Project Every Kid campaign, which opened a new facility in December 2019, serving three times as many families as the organization could before.
Hutton Settlement provides a safe and healthy living opportunity for children, ages 5 to 18 in need of a long-term alternative home. The historic campus consists of four large homes, supported by 319 acres of pristine natural settings with opportunities for learning and recreation. Hutton Settlement empowers each child to lead an independent and fulfilled life of value and contribution
Mobius Science Center
Our commitment to youth advocacy begins with creating environments where children are encouraged to explore, ask questions and innovate. Lakeside partnered with Mobius Science Center to help realize their decade-long goal of bringing the center to the Inland Northwest. The Science Center and Children’s Museum spark curiosity in the sciences through a robust series of hands-on learning experiences and programs for children in our region.
Community Cancer Fund
Lakeside is a proud supporter of the Community Cancer Fund, supporting families and children in our region who are battling cancer. Lakeside Capital Group works with the Community Cancer Fund to provide financial sustainability for the Camp Goodtimes Endowment Fund. This remarkable program is an annual week-long summer camp facilitated by the YMCA and Camp Reed of the Inland Northwest for children with cancer. Lakeside also supports the Andrew Rypien Initiative, investing in pediatric cancer initiatives and grant-making activities.
Refugee Kids Connect
Refugee Kids Connect started in 2017 as an after-school outreach for refugee children in Spokane. The group is volunteer driven and part of Refugee Connections Spokane, a nonprofit that helps settle and acclimate refugee families after they arrive in Spokane. Kids Connect offers STEM challenges, arts and crafts, homework help and life skills training during their meetings. Thanks to donations from our partners and local grants, the program is now able to increase its staff and provide even more programming.
Gonzaga Preparatory School
Our founder, John Hemmingson is committed to supporting our local schools and helping them create leaders for our community and workforce in the future. In 2017, he pledged a $1 million matching donation for the construction of a new gymnasium at the historic Spokane school, Gonzaga Prep.
Lakeside was proud to partner with Gonzaga in Opportunity Northeast, an initiative dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals, youth, and families in Northeast Spokane while providing transformative learning opportunities for the University’s students, faculty and staff. Spokane’s Northeast community continues to face significant economic, educational and health challenges.
In partnership with our neighbors and local organizations, Opportunity Northeast is committed to improving whole health, expanding access to educational opportunities, and building an engaged campus and community in order to improve the quality of life for individuals, youth, and families in Northeast Spokane.