About Us


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

A search engine for residents and visitors, and a promotional tool for San Francisco LGBTQ nonprofit service providers, arts and athletic groups to recruit and connect 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 from service agencies
DONORS to well-deserving SF LGBTQ charities
VOLUNTEERS to groups and their upcoming events

PHOTOS by local LGBTQ photographers at local events 
CALENDAR of fundraisers, major artistic performances and shows, fairs & annual observances*
FOR INDIVIDUALS - a guide to community events & 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.

Origins: Nonprofit Window & OurTownSF.org

In 2001 Patrick Batt, a Castro merchant, recruited Walgreens on Castro St. at 18th to donate a window for SF LGBTQ nonprofits for the purpose of reserving this space 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 October 2013 to continuously promote groups that serve our community. Since that time, Paul now shares reservations for the Window with Gary Poe.  Information on OurTownSF.org is submitted by groups or copied from their website & Facebook pages. 

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

Paul is a long-time resident of San Francisco with an extensive volunteer background.
His photos for this website are often published in The San Francisco Bay Times

see YouTube video from OurTownSF Live! Nonprofit Expo 11/19/16
&  thank Archive Productions for producing the video with a donation

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