Help Keep Alive!

(Photo Illustration by Josh Jalil)

(Photo Illustration by Josh Jalil)

Update: WE DID IT! At 4:35 p.m. on August 15, we went over $60,000 and will officially be around for another exciting school year. Thanks to all those who made this possible. It means so much to me personally, and I can’t wait to get out there to cover another year. If you still would like to donate, we will still accept contributions, which will be carried over to our multi-year goals of keeping the site sustainable.

Update: We’re extending our deadline to August 15, but there will be no further extensions.

Update: Every donation received to help keep alive will be matched up to $30,000 by an anonymous donor here in San Francisco. The donation tracker below is displaying the funds INCLUDING the matching donation.

Dear Supporter,

As you know, is the only site of its kind in San Francisco. We provide accurate, important, timely coverage of high school sports in the City. I am so proud of the site’s successes over the last year and a half, as we have had a direct impact on the countless student athletes and 30 athletic programs in San Francisco.

And now it is time for us to grow. We are in the final stages of applying for our 501(c)3 status to become a nonprofit organization, but without an initial seed investment, will not be able to continue coverage into the next school year.

Today, I am asking families, friends, coaches, students, parents, alumni and schools to make an investment in so that we can continue to provide unique coverage, generate awareness and community connection for student athletes in San Francisco.

At this time, we are embarking on a campaign to raise $60,000 by August 1 August 15. The money we raise, which will all be retroactively tax deductible once we receive our nonprofit status, will pay for an editor, writers, web site developments and increased coverage for the 2011-2012 seasons.

For those of you who find value in our coverage and want to support our mission, please contact me directly at and 415-251-0918, or make a donation by clicking the PayPal button below.

– Jeremy Balan

Donation Levels

$25 – Freshman
$50 – Junior Varsity
$100 – Varsity
$250 – All-League
$500 – All-Star
$1,000 – All-City
$10,000+ – MVP

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57 Comments on "Help Keep Alive!"

  1. Joshua Levine | May 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM |

    I love my work for SanFranPreps and I would hate for it to stop. I’ve been working for Jeremy since this site opened in February of 2010. This coverage is EXACTLY what San Francisco has been needing for a long time and I hope you enjoy the coverage we provide you just as much as we enjoy providing it. That is all. :)

  2. I posted this to my FB page which had tons of referees, coaches, players and others interested in SF high school sports. Depending on how my job hunt goes (if I decide to job hunt), I may eventually join the site to cover sports. It was difficult to do so while I was working but not that I am laid off, I have some time to consider what my next steps are.

  3. All members of the all-league team are eligible for a free high 5 from me.

  4. BTW guys, have you looked at and see if you can start a project to get people to donate further? I’ve seen lots of movies and what not, but there is writing stuff there as well though not sure qualities but wouldn’t hurt to check it out.

  5. Is there a “benchwarmer” donation level?

  6. High school | May 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM |

    Good luck Sanfranpreps, I hope u guys can pull this off and continue the good work.

  7. Joshua Levine | May 16, 2011 at 10:28 AM |

    Also, if the site receives over $10,000 by the end of May, I will donate all of my pay for this past month to the site. I know it isn’t much… But I have a dedication to this site. I don’t do it for the money, but because I love Prep sports. Please keep the site going. :)

  8. I have posted this on my FB page. Once you receive your 501c3 status you should search out grants. There may be some grant money from the City of San Francisco, check with the SF Mayor’s Office of Community Development and the Mayor’s Office of Children Youth and Families. Ask to speak to their Grant Coordinator who handles youth and athletic programs. You may also want to check into the Knight Foundation, they provide funding for media and athletic programs.
    Also check into the San Francisco Foundation as well as any Corporate partners/sponsors. Create a strong marketing plan and get it out there. As you know, your site is visited by the student athletes but also their families, coaches and others interested in high school sports. It’s a great demographic!
    You are providing a service to the community and the youth (and their families) of San Francisco…Long Live San Fran Preps!

    • Thank you for all of the info and help. Grants are going to be a big part of our future, but we gotta get that official status first.

      Thanks for the support and kind words.

  9. San Fran Preps is the “go to” website for city high school sports. I am proud to support their fine work. Keep it going!

  10. Just donated! Good luck!

  11. just wondering | May 29, 2011 at 10:18 AM |

    when the meter shows how much has been raised, does it include the money that the anonymous donor has contributed?

  12. Has anyone been donating $$ in the past week???…… because it’s been stuck on $7000 for at least a week……

  13. Anonymous | June 4, 2011 at 11:42 AM |

    If the goal isn’t reached, what happens to all of the money?

  14. Ever since I said no one was donating, $1000 of donations came in over the weekend, lol. Maybe Tim Lincecum can donate cause he donated 25K to the Bryan Stow Fund

  15. sfpatriot | June 8, 2011 at 10:45 AM |

    RIP Dave Henderson – very tragic. My prayers go out to your family and friends.

    There is very nice you tube clip of an interview of him with Gary Radnich – you can find the link in the comments section of the story on Dave at sfgate .

  16. so if you reach 30k, an anymonous will donate 30k of their own?

  17. Its sad that it looks like this isnt going to happen. And a shame someones 30000 dollars is going to be thrown away.

  18. Let's do this | July 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM |

    Hey everyone it is time to step up!

    If we don’t get this done the Website will be gone. No Athletes of the Year, no All-City teams, no football coverage, no basketball stories, no baseball articles, no nothing.

    If you can, do something about it, I know there are tons of people out there with plenty of money and this is a great cause.

  19. Johnny Drama | July 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM |


    Is shutting down during the summer months when nothing is taking place an option? Then resuming when FB starts? Will the donations cover the cost of the schoolyear rather than running this year round? Just a suggestion.

    • The summer will always be a relative dead period, but I need the 60k for the next school year. Once we get official non-profit status, we can start applying for grants and other things that will hopefully sustain the site for the future, but I need the initial investment from individuals and the community to keep the site going for the first year.

      In the middle of August, I’m going to be graduating from SF State and will have to make a decision to move back home to Southern California or to stay here and operate the website… if we get the funding. Every part of me wants to stay involved and serve this community, but I need help.

      The costs of keeping the web site up are not really the issue, in fact, they’re quite reasonable. The need for the money is the work. I need to be able to make a living while living in San Francisco, plus pay out money to the other people who contribute to the site. I was able to keep the site going, with the work required, while I was living on student loans, but that luxury will only last for another month.

  20. Joshua Levine | July 30, 2011 at 8:50 AM |

    Guys we are at 37,000 plus right now! This has been a major improvement this week. Remember, every donation gets matched up to $30,000. Don’t let this site shut down. I love this work too much to see it go away.

  21. NOOOOOOOO Don’t go

  22. C’mon people, we need about more than $26,000 to go. Please don’t let it shut down Mon. 8/15.

    • Actually it’s only about $10,000 more to go, with the matching donation. Still plenty of work, but we’re getting there…

  23. Couldn’t make it out to the event today but hopefully you got a good turnout plus additional funds.

  24. 6 days ’til the possible closure of so please get more donations in today before it’s bye bye for good.

    • How did the fundraiser at Lombardi Sports go towards making up some of the difference? Did it generate enough to make an impact?

      • Every dollar makes a difference. We got $110 from the Lombardi Sports event, meaning the people who came spent over $1,100… Which is greatly appreciated…

        • Doug Ebersole | August 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM |

          Just donated again. If everyone who is reading SF Preps during the summer alerts other parents of the need to donate, this should be easy. If 90 people each give $100, that’s $9,000, which looks like enough.

  25. 72 hours ’til the possible closure of Get ’em in today.

  26. 48 hours or else goes into the dark.

  27. Don’t know how the numbers look right now but I did post this article to a couple of FB groups I participate in that have at least a thousand people in them. Hopefully this will get some folks to put some money in.

  28. D-Day is tomorrow for this website.

  29. your so close. it seems a waste to give up now. one more extension jbalan. your going to get that money soon

  30. SanFranPreps Friends | August 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM |

    Congratulations Jeremy! We’ve been checking all weekend and all today and delighted that you’ll be here for another year. Keep up the good work!

  31. As a writer for this site, I couldn’t be more jacked to cover high school sports in the city I grew up. This is big! I had my doubts throughout the summer and thought this site was going to die, but to the parents, fans of the site, and everybody who donated and helped out, thank you!! It’s nice to see that prep sports in San Francisco will get the coverage it deserves for at least another year. Thank you again everybody for your support!!!

  32. Josh Levine | August 15, 2011 at 7:49 PM |

    This means more to me than you can possibly imagine. Thanks to everyone who reads all of our articles and to those who recognize us and say hi on the streets. Here’s to another great year of sports. Please, if you know me, stop by and say hi!

  33. just wondering | August 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM |

    so coverage for another year. SWEET. Now what happens with becoming a nonprofit? WIll this site use advertisements to raise money? Are we going to have to raise another 60k next summer?

    • As a non-profit, we will have to continuously fundraise to keep the site going for continued sustainability. When we get official 501(c)3 status, our fundraising reach will increase, so our plan for the future involves grants and foundations, which will hopefully fill most of our budget needs. We will also continue to to accept donations from individuals.

  34. Johnny Drama | August 16, 2011 at 8:21 AM |

    Congratulations…..this shows how much you and your team are valued and appreciated by the SF Community!!

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