Project Jack 

The REALTOR® Foundation of Iowa helps people in need across the state. That tradition continues into 2018 with Project Jack. Originating in the Quad Cities area in memory of Jack Lindaman, the project gives 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to pay it forward in any way the class chooses. The original project was carried out 4 years ago with each person in Jack’s class at Alan Shepard Elementary School receiving $100 to pay it forward. There were not any stipulations given or rules to follow on how to use the money. Projects ranged from donations to charitable organizations to passing out roses to strangers. The project has changed as we have rolled it out across the state of Iowa. 4th and 5th grade teachers are invited to fill out an application for a $250 grant to be used toward a pay-it-forward type project.

Application period has closed for Project Jack. Look for details in the fall of 2018 for next school year.

2018 TImeline

January 8: Application Opens

January 31: Final day for applications and project details.

February 1: Teachers will be notified by 5:00pm. 

February 5-9: Checks to the teachers/schools will be processed. 

April 13: All projects must be completed

April 20: Picture submission deadline

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Jack Lindaman was born on the 4th of July. Jack was affectionately called a little firecracker. Jack and his family enjoyed fireworks and all the festivities around the Fourth of July.  He liked to make people happy and was always a positive light to those around him despite his health issues. Jack passed away in February 2010 from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). According to, “SMA is a disease that robs people of physical strength by affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, taking away the ability to walk, eat, or breathe. It is the number one genetic cause of death for infants.” To read more about SMA or to make a donation visit this page.   

Jack Lindaman was 6 years old when he passed away. With Project Jack, his memory and loving spirit will continue on through the good deeds of children. Realtor Foundation of Iowa has created a fund to help students across Iowa to participate in Project Jack. 

Please tell local 4th and 5th grade teachers or principals in your area to be ready on January 8th! The online application link will be live at 6:30am on Monday, January 8th on Each class will be applying for a $250 grant to pay it forward to a project of their choice. 4th and 5th grade teachers from the same school are eligible to apply. We expect the application period to close quickly - within a week or so. 

If you want to discuss the project with your class, please fill out the short application right away (it will only take 5 minutes), mentioning you will provide details later. Your project details need be emailed to by January 31, 5:00pm. If details are not received by January 31, the application will be forfeited.  

Jack had amazing spirit and in his name we would like to continue helping others with the Project Jack. 

For questions, please call the Iowa Association of REALTORS Staff at 800-532-1515 or email at 

Project Jack 2017

project jack 2016


Project Jack from Iowa Association of REALTORS on Vimeo.

Short Video #1 - Feels Good to Help


Project Jack Trailer - Feels Good to Help from Iowa Association of REALTORS on Vimeo.

Short Video #2 - Kids Can Help