The Hastings Foundation was established in 1943 with funds from the estate of Charles Hueston Hastings, the owner of Hastings Ranch in Pasadena. The Hastings Foundation was established to fund the study, prevention, treatment, and cure of tuberculosis – the disease that took his father’s life. Due to advances in tuberculosis treatment, the foundation modified its mission in 1961 to include the treatment and cure of other pulmonary and related diseases.

That same year, the Hastings Foundation made their first gift to the medical school at the University of Southern California. This partnership called for the recruitment of qualified faculty to pursue teaching and investigation in several areas relating to pulmonary disease problems, including etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, treatment and control.

To date, the Hastings Foundation has awarded over $33 million to the Keck School of Medicine. This includes their 2014 commitment of $7.5 million to support the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research.