About Us

Paul Margolis is the founder of OurTownSF now serving as director and photographer.   He is a long-time resident of San Francisco with an extensive volunteer background including: he was among the founding members of both Positive Force and Rainbow Toastmasters, served for 3 years on the SF HIV Planning Council, raised funds as Mr. March on the 2012 Bare Chest Calendar  and volunteered for Under One Roof for over 10 years.

TV interviews of Paul Margolis - OurTownSf.org director and photographer 

What is OurTownSF.org ? An all-volunteer organization (no salaries)

A resource guide for residents and visitors, and a promotional tool for over 300 San Francisco LGBTQ nonprofit service providers, arts and athletic groups to recruit and connect them with clients, donors and/or volunteers.

Organización de todos voluntarios (sin salario)

Guia de consulta de más de 300 organizaciones sin fines de lucro LGBTQ en San Francisco. Un buscador para residentes y visitantes y herramienta promocional para organizaciones privadas LGBTQ de servicios, artes y deportes para establecer contacto con clientes, patrocinadores y/o voluntarios.

A-Z and category search for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning individuals to match:
THOSE IN NEED OF VITAL SERVICES to service providers
DONORS to well-deserving SF LGBTQ charities
VOLUNTEERS to groups and their upcoming events
THOSE WISHING TO BE ENTERTAINED with arts venues and events
THOSE WITH ATHLETIC INTEREST with athletic organizations

PHOTOS at over 150 SF LGBTQ events annually
CALENDAR of fundraisers, major artistic performances, fairs & annual observances*
FOR INDIVIDUALS - a guide to community fundraisers, events, fairs & observances
FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS - a reference when deciding on a date for their upcoming events

* Check individual organizations' calendars for non-fundraising events and smaller artistic performances.

What is OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo

An annual resource fair of over 100 SF LGBTQ non profit service providers, arts and athletic
groups taking place each October hosted by OurTownSF, TurnOut and the Eureka Valley Recreation Center.  Our 3rd Expo will take place October 20, 2018. 

History: Nonprofit Window,  OurTownSF.org &  Nonprofit Expo

In 2001 Patrick Batt, a Castro merchant, recruited Walgreens on Castro St. at 18th to donate a window to SF LGBTQ nonprofits for the purpose of reserving it in order to promote their mission, recruit volunteers & advertise upcoming events. In 2011 he turned over reservations to Paul Margolis. Since the Nonprofit Window faces busy Castro Street, there were long waitlists for a reservation. Due to this, Paul created OurTownSF.org in 2013 to continuously promote groups that serve our community. Since that time, Paul now shares reservations for the Window with Gary Poe.  To reserve contact window@ourtownsf.org  Over a hundred events are included on the calendar located on the homepage of OurTownSF.org each month either submitted by groups or found on their website or Facebook pages. Paul attends and photographs over 150 of these events annually in order to promote them.  See his photos under the PHOTOS tab and in The San Francisco Bay Times  In November 2016 OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo took place and again in October 2017.  With over 100 groups, it is "the largest SF LGBTQ nonprofit expo ever!"

Graphic Designer

Ken Henderson is the Executive Director/CEO
of The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation
& he designs OurTownSF.org's advertising

The information on this site is intended to provide users with resources and information which they may find useful and of interest.  Though we strive to keep this information current and accurate, errors can occur.  The information on this site is therefore provided as is with no guarantee of accuracy, completeness or timeliness. 

Links on this site which lead to information maintained by other organizations, are provided for the sake of convenience.  OurTownSF does not endorse the information provided at these links and does not provide any warranty regarding the accuracy or any other aspect of the information provided at these other sites.

OurTownSF shall not be liable to any party as a result of any information, services or resources made available through this Web site.



Visiting Los Angeles? Connect with

our sister site OurTownLA.org 

Their fiscal sponsor TurnOut.org  connects 
volunteers with LGBTQ nonprofits