Project Jack

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The REALTOR® Foundation of Iowa helps people in need across the state. That tradition continues into 2017 with Project Jack. Originating in the Quad Cities area in memory of Jack Lindaman, the project gives 5th graders the opportunity to pay it forward in any way he or she chooses. The original project was carried out 2 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. 

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 5th grade teachers or principals in your area to be ready on January 9th! The online application link will be live at 6:30am on Monday, January 9th on Each class will be applying for a $250 grant to pay it forward to a project of their choice. 5th grade teachers from the same school are eligible to apply. More details coming soon. Last year, it closed within 3 days and we are anticipating less time this year. Jack had amazing spirit and in his name we would like to continue helping others with the Project Jack.

Project Jack application period has closed. Watch this page for photos and videos of the great projects planned by the students and teachers.


Project Jack FAQ

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

Full Length Video - Project jack


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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


Project Jack Trailer - Kids Can Help from Iowa Association of REALTORS on Vimeo.