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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 (http://www.sflovers.org/) 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 (sflovers.rutgers.edu) 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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