Amicus Foundation is faith based and family focused. We leverage our talents and financial resources to assist “well managed and effective”, non-profit organizations. We expect those organizations to produce results for their constituents. We will be strategic with our investments to maximize impact in each of our focus areas: families, faith, conservation, health , veterans and education. A healthy family and environment provides for the success of a Nation.
The Amicus Foundation was established in Montana in 2015 by John and Sheila Lake of Cameron Montana. We have two boys and three grandchildren. Sheila taught ESL English as a Second Language to farm worker’s children and John was an engineer and ultimately the CEO of a large water equipment rental company. In our life’s experience, we have been involved with special needs children, outdoor activities, University educational boards, church, and community organizations. We have hosted 5 foreign exchange students which helped us to expand our view of cultures and the world. Faith, family, freedom, and friends provide the energy and guidance for Amicus Foundation. The outdoors inspires us.
What We Do
We support scientific multi use management of our forests, wetlands, deserts, oceans and wildlife . God created the world for his people to steward. Good stewardship involves the implementation of practical scientific management of our resources to sustain them for future generations.
“Education fuels the future”. We support organizations that believe in & teach traditional values and reward results for merit & performance based education at all levels, teaching “facts vs. feelings”.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” We support ministries that educate & support belief in the Triune God, the assurance of salvation, & provide tools for understanding the Bible. We believe America’s foundational religious values.
We support organizations that provide support services for the handicapped, whether mentally, physically, or psychologically impaired.
We believe in supporting the traditional family structure, incl. those with special needs individuals, by supplying the resources necessary to keep families intact.
We support organizations that help veterans find peace, purpose, & meaning for their civilian lives. Helping them overcome
Madison County Nursing Home
Grant for a new shower and bath facility for the 55 patients currently living at the Ennis nursing home .
Elephant anti-poaching project Zakouma National Park Chad Africa
In April 2021 Amicus Foundation traveled to Zakouma National park in Chad to observe the Elephant anti poaching teams at work. The Foundation funded a portion of the ranger training and supplies.
Madison River Foundation
Supporting scientific management of the Madison River watershed for the benefit of fish, wildlife, community, and Montana.
Helping and protecting children by providing trained advocates in court. Partnering with child protective services to ensure the safety and well being of abused minors
Niassa Reserve Mozambique Leopard and Large Predator Population Study
Amicus funded a crucial population study for lepords and large predetors
Kern County World War II Veterans Memorial
MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM
Since making the decision to send their kids to a private school, John-Paul & Ingrid Lake have seen the needs of the schools they have attended from several different perspectives. Getting to know the teachers at the schools quickly showed them that most teachers that work in private schools do so as a form of ministry. In getting to know the administrators, they saw that while operating in modest facilities and managing a staff that earns less than their public-school counterparts, there was always a desire to provide the best education. As with any ministry, there is sacrifice involved as well as a need for a good base of support, so they had an idea to provide an online platform that would help alleviate the sacrifice, increase support, and augment the private school experience.