Fundraising Update: Our final week of coverage

(Photo Illustration by Josh Jalil)

(Photo Illustration by Josh Jalil)

Dear readers and supporters,

I have dreaded writing this update for a long time, but we currently do not have enough funds to continue the daily operations of the web site.

If our financial situation does not drastically improve, this will be our last week of coverage, with the final date of coverage coming on Sunday, Feb. 3.

I’m working on several different ideas to hopefully extend our reporting, but I felt it was important to update all of you on our current situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send me an e-mail at jbalan@sanfranpreps.com.

- Jeremy Balan
Editor/Director
SanFranPreps.com

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90 Comments

  1. sf_alum says:

    Very unfortunate as the site does a good job of covering our local preps.

    How much is needed to keep sanfranpreps alive?

    • jbalan says:

      We’re probably looking at $10,000 for the remainder of the basketball season and a little over $30,000 for the rest of the school year.

      • BobBarker says:

        how you ever thought of adds on the site?

        I don’t like adds, but i would rather have adds then no site at all

        • jbalan says:

          We have had sporadic advertising in the past. Although our web traffic is very good for a local site, it just isn’t enough to attract the kind of advertising money that would sustain the site.

          • Just saying says:

            Jeremy

            Have you thought about a grant or gone that route?

            Imwant to say thanks too i think you have all done a great job covering all sports

  2. DJH says:

    If all the 2,926 people who like this website donated even just a little bit — say, $20 — there would be more than enough money to keep it going. We gladly pay $5 or $10 to see a basketball game, but there is so much apathy when it comes to this excellent coverage. Good luck, Jeremy! We hope you can keep the site going, but if not, thank you for so many wonderful articles and photographs.

  3. sf_alum says:

    In for $20.

    Hopefully a lot more people, or just one or two with deep pockets, will follow suit.

    SFGate does not cover preps in depth. This website does a good job and I have always found it to be objective.

  4. SF_Mikey says:

    Donation made – I hope this helps keep the site going for a few more hours :-)

    I love this site and it would be shame to see it get shut down – it would be sorely missed…..

  5. Kezar for Keeps says:

    If we donate now and you don’t get enough money to continue, where is our money going to go?

    • jbalan says:

      We have had several donations today, and if the donations this week don’t allow us to continue our coverage, the extra money will be put to good use. I’ve talked to a few people about several ideas, but the best so far is to offer some type of college scholarship to one or more San Francisco high school athletes.

  6. JLP says:

    What is so costly?
    Maybe the students from some of the schools who do amazing write-ups (and take pictures) for their schools papers could submit to here and lower the cost of the website?

  7. sanfransoxfan says:

    Jeremy,
    You’ve done a fantastic job with this site, and been a big contributor to the community (the all-star baseball game at USF last season is a prime example).

    I’ve given what I can (and will do so again this time). I just wish there was some way for folks to realize how much incredible value we’ve gotten from your hard work. C’mon folks, kick in a $20 or whatever you can afford. We’ll look back and realize how much we took for granted if SFPreps goes away.

  8. WCAL Fan says:

    I have made my donation. Come on people make a donation to keep those site alive.

  9. E. K. says:

    If things don’t come together this week, I’d like to thank Mr. Balan and the rest of the staff for their hard work and dedication.

  10. Jon Goldsmith says:

    But what will Ari Gold do with all his time? I think the examiner makes you sign in through facebook, and we KNOW Ari is too much of a coward to do that.
    Great job Jeremy, someone else will pick you up on their staff, and we will all say, “I remember when…”

  11. City Lights says:

    Thanks for the great website. It will be sorely missed. It is very difficult to maintain a business/SF living wage funded solely by donations. You’ve done great work though and I wish you the best of luck continuing your journalism career.

  12. purple says:

    Donation sent!

  13. BBall Fan says:

    Count us in for $100. Please let us know where we should send the contribution.

    We LOVE SanFranPreps.com and the writing of our kids/players!

  14. AAA player says:

    Thanks for all you have done for this site. It’s great to have someone covering San Francisco sports which is usually underlooked. Maybe you could do a donation booth at Battle of the Birds this week so you could have the fans tip a donation to help you? But no matter what J Balan you’ve done a great job covering and keeping us updated.

  15. Don L. says:

    I sent a small donation. Let’s hope all the schools contribute a bit as well. Business support would be great as well.

  16. LSD says:

    How about all of the athletic programs at high schools each donate? This site has highlighted all of the athletes and their accomplishments….coaches too! The high schools should step up.

  17. Lance says:

    Jeremy just sent in my donation. I hope it turns out ok. As you all know I am a “Madre” who enjoyed this site.I don’t know what I will do if this site is down come football season and the “Madre’s” go for 11-2 against the “Cats” under coach Walsh. Just kidding JJ it was all in fun.

  18. Paul B. says:

    JB once again, I wish I could make a donation but I don’t have a single credit card & can do cash only.

  19. Josh Levine says:

    Hi all,

    Thank you all for the donations that have kept this site running as long as it has. I started as a reporter back in February of 2010, which was the first month the site was open. I have come and gone as a reporter over the years, but I truly appreciate you, the readers, for everything. Some of the best moments I’ve had in San Francisco have come from covering high school games. I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of these kids grow through all four years of high school, and even if this site doesn’t continue, I will try to come by and support San Francisco athletics.

    Josh

  20. Dukes says:

    Jon Goldsmith…Great comment!

  21. Don L. says:

    Jeremy – did you ever think of using Google Adsense (or something similar) on the site and letting Google display relevant ads when people visit? It’s a little hard to control WHAT ads appear but maybe some people will click through and earn some money. I think you’ll get enough donations to continue for a little longer so may be worth trying it out.

    I had blogs with adsense. But I don’t get a ton of traffic. I assume you would have a pretty steady stream of visitors and each visit could bring you some small amount of money. Google is supposed to pay out every $100 you earn. If you earn something steady, that will offset some costs and require less donations.

    Maybe being a little TOO optimistic but just throwing ideas around……:)

    • jbalan says:

      When we first started, we had Google ads and were subsequently banned, because someone was clicking too much. I appealed, because it wasn’t me or anyone associated with the web site that was doing the “illegal clicking,” but it was denied.

  22. tenor1 says:

    how are we standing money wise? how much more do you need to raise this week realistically continue the site?

  23. sf_alum says:

    How did the Turkey Day fundraiser go and is there a possibility of doing something like that with the basketball playoffs in the AAA and WCAL?

    • JJ says:

      Turkey Day fundraiser = $0.00 donated because last year’s Turkey Day attendance was greater than this years, apparently.

    • jbalan says:

      We did not reach the three-year average, so we did not meet the requirement to get a donation, but the San Francisco Section still made a $100 contribution.

  24. sportsluvr says:

    What about Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or another crowd-funding site?

  25. Don Papa says:

    Need corporate sponsors! The press has abandoned high school sports like the 49ers to the City. There must been some parents that hold elevated executive positions that can influence donations. SanFranPreps is our only access to news and results.

    • Don L. says:

      Agreed. Comcast supported the high school sports highlight school thought the years: “Loco Sports” and then “SF Youth Sports”.

      I’m not sure if Comcast would have any motivation to help out SFPreps, but it would be good to get any corporation to put money toward covering Prep Sports. For example, the Chronicle must pay Mitch Stephens a little bit to write in the paper weekly.

      That money could probably be given to Jeremy for better coverage. This site might turn into “San Fran Preps” sponsored by the Chronicle, but it’s better than nothing at all.

      I guess I’m lucky I grew up when I did. I recently dug up an OLD Examiner story by Merv Harris. He was writing about Wallenberg entering the AAA back in 1989. We had the independent around as well and I kept an old article mentioning me winning a fencing match.

      No such thing these days.

  26. Hardware says:

    What if a local newspaper “absorbed” SF Preps and kept Jbalan as the main writer?

  27. Cat in the Hat says:

    Have you thought about recruiting some people to help you moderate the site when you get a different full time job? Maybe keep it going collectively as a trimmed down source of scores, standings, discussion, and stories submitted by the schools?

  28. Chris says:

    Jeremy, thank you for putting SF high schools on the MAP. Your work is invaluable. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  29. Lance says:

    Recently seen.Vegas Prop bet. Sanfranpreps will be a fond memory before the Superbowl coin toss.

    • JJ says:

      Recent prop bet: you will finish a slice of Toto’s cardboard pizza before Beyonce finishes lip syncing the national anthem.

      • Nicholas S says:

        I will tolerate you making fun of my Padres, but you can’ t disrespect Toto’s pizza. Anyways you should be standing up during the National Anthem.

        • Lance says:

          Go tell him Nicholas. Toto’s best pie around. JJ will be sipping white wine and nibbling on quiche.

          • Kezar for Keeps says:

            Not according to Yelp… yelp.com/biz/totos-pizzeria-san-mateo-2

            • Lance says:

              I don’t need Yelp to tell me what is a good pie. That’s okay though. Nicholas you keep letting your “Cat buddies feed you that “Card Board” pizza gratis. By the time your done getting all that free pie you will need to sign up forJenny Craig.

  30. Paul B. says:

    48 hours & counting ’til shut down.

  31. Ari Gold says:

    Jeremy,

    If you can somehow contact him, you should try Giants President Larry Baer. He’s a Lowell grad. Im sure he wouldnt mind cutting a check for $50,000 to support city high school sports being he was probably a city athlete himself and would appreciate the coverage. Whats $50,000 to the Giants? They make that in 1 inning selling garlic fries and beer.

    • GGC says:

      Larry Baer’s son played HS baseball in the city too, so I assume it wouldn’t be out of the question…

    • Don L. says:

      A couple of things to add on:

      Larry Baer’s son played (at one point) for University High (Frosh / JV I think) too. So I’m sure he would be open to the idea.

      Secondly, the local sports teams (hopefully all of them) could probably contribute most of the money Jeremy needs to run the site. In fact, back in the old days, the 49ers and Giants had a “Save High School Sports” program. Every ticket sale generated some revenue that was given to the AAA. That program could be adopted for SF Preps.

      I’m sure the Giants and the 49ers (even if they are moving) would consider contributing something to the community.

    • Lance says:

      How about Getty? SI grad and billonaire.Right JJ?

  32. Lance says:

    Does anyone know how this is going to go down. Will it be anything like bringing your beloved Fido to the vet to be put to sleep? Or will be like the sheriff pounding on Jeremy’s door with the eviction notice.

  33. Lance says:

    EAnd now the end is here and so I face the final curtain.

  34. Lance says:

    Regrets I’ve had a few.

  35. Lance says:

    But through it all there were doubts, but I ate up and spit it out.

    • Lance says:

      And may I say not in a shy way. Oh no oh no not me I did it my way.

      • Lance says:

        The record shows I took the blows and did it my way. Good night everyone it has been fun these last few months. Jeremey you did a great job with the site. You even got a dreaded “Madre” to follow the site. Please indicate in an email if the site comes back a later date. So long everyone. Even you JJ. Take care Ari.

  36. sf alum says:

    Thanks for all of your hard work over the past few years JB. I coach at a high school in SF and this site has been great to read. I know the athletes appreciate it too.

  37. Ari Gold says:

    Best to everyone. I mean that. Yes I’m ultra critical. I love my school what can I say? I also love my city. Thanks Jeremy. Was fun and most of all a pleasure to have you do what you did.

  38. City Lights says:

    This site has been great. If there is no chance for it to continue, you should all go to Norcalpreps.com to carry on the debate. I learned about this site from NCP and it looks like our only way to keep getting scores at least.

    Thanks for the effort and great site everyone that has worked on SFPreps. Seriously though. The pix were always great too.

    Have fun everyone. GO NINERS!!

  39. Don L. says:

    Knowing the technology behind websites like this, the site could go anyway as soon as tomorrow (or tonight) or could exist indefinitely but with no updates. Depends on what Jeremy wants to do. It costs some money to host a website plus register the “sanfranpreps.com” name.

  40. GCJ 01 says:

    Thank you JB and the staff at Sanfranpreps for all that you have done for prep sports in the City. I hope this isn’t the last day of coverage. You’ve given us a place where we can talk about the past, present, and future of prep sports here in the City, and for that, I thank you. I hope this site will be able to continue in the future. From all of us (especially those of us in the AAA) we thank you.

  41. Adam DeMemph says:

    Hey Jeremy I know that we have had our differences in the last few years and we didn’t see quite eye-to-eye over the JJ2 incident of 2012. But that being said, you have offered San Francisco some of the best preps sports coverage over your amazing run. I know that you will go on to do big things with that PCC degree and I wish you only the best going forward.

    • jbalan says:

      Thank you for attempting to insult the fact that I went to a community college, but I’m actually very proud of what I did during my time at Pasadena City College, the same place Jackie Robinson attended before he went to UCLA. Also, my degree is from San Francisco State.

  42. tenor1 says:

    jeremy whats up is it all over man? is there anything that can still be done?

  43. Just some facts says:

    Jaremy,
    Thanks from all of us. Hope to see your columns again soon. Your sports writing is excellent and I have read many sports writers. Good Luck.

  44. Lance says:

    Hello, Hello, Hello. Are we still here?

  45. Nick toy says:

    Is this website a wrap?

  46. Lance says:

    Ground Control to Major Tom

  47. Lance says:

    Testing. One,two, three. Testing.One. Two. three.

  48. Don L. says:

    This site could go on indefinitely. I don’t claim to know everything but it’s possible Jeremy has paid in advance for hosting this site and the domain name (my company hosts DNS for many companies so I know all of this stuff). In theory Jeremy could leave it like this and pick it up at anytime in the future. After all, no pointing in losing all the work he has done in the past few years.

    • jbalan says:

      That’s what will probably happen, in a sense. We’ll probably take down the front page as it looks now and have an archive listed, where you can look at all of the stories chronologically or search.

  49. 123456 says:

    maybe you could have a page where people can come post scores of games so we can still come here to find game scores

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