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ConJosé Saves SF-Lovers

11/08/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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San Francisco-based SF con helps bail out the popular SF-Lovers web site.

San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. has issued the final matching payment to the SF-Lovers web site, in response to donations from individuals and fannish non-profit groups.

Including previous payments and the original base grant, SFSFC has now donated $1,500 to fund the continuing operations of SF-Lovers.

At their March 15, 2003 Board of Directors Meeting, San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., issued a challenge to non-profit groups that fund activities related to science fiction fandom by offering a matching grant of up to $1,050 to help fund the SF-Lovers web site and related electronic services.

The challenge was later expanded to include donations from private individuals. SFSFC also granted $450 outright to SF-Lovers to deal with an impending funding shortfall reported by the service's manager, Saul Jaffe.

Continued operation of the SF-Lovers site ( has been in some doubt due to the personal financial difficulties of the site's operator, Saul Jaffe, who has maintained the site and its predecessor ( out of his own resources since 1991.

SFSFC Inc. was the parent non-profit corporation of ConJosé, the 2002 Worldcon, and of ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon.

The grant to SF-Lovers, however, was funded from the corporation's General Fund, not from any Worldcon surplus funds.

ConJosé is still in the process of winding down its operations, and, aside from pass-along funds to its three successor Worldcons, is not currently able to make donations or grants.

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