About Us

OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo 2018 - Paul Margolis on the left with his husband Don

Paul Margolis is the founder of OurTownSF and volunteers as its director and photographer.
He moved to San Francisco in 1979 and has an extensive history with many groups on this site.
His experience has included being among the founding members
of both Positive Force and Rainbow Toastmasters, served on the SF HIV Planning Council 
and fundraised as Mr. March on the 2012 Bare Chest Calendar.



What is OurTownSF ? An all-volunteer (no salaries) nonprofit

consisting of 3 resource tools created to keep groups serving our community going strong. 

- see history below


1/ Nonprofit Window

Located at Walgreens on Castro at 18th where groups listed on this site may reserve a spot for promotional purposes. see Nonprofit Window tab


2/ OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo


Annual resource fair that has grown to over 125 SF LGBTQ non profit service providers, arts and athletic groups taking place each October hosted by OurTownSF, TurnOut and the Eureka Valley Recreation Center.  see Nonprofit Expo tab for info & photos  

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3/ OurTownSF.org 


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.

 


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 provide a directory of groups serving our community. Paul now shares reservation duties 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 page. Paul attends and photographs over 150 of events posted on this calendar annually, uploads them on this site and shares them with the hosts and local media.  The photographs document current events, promotes future events, and provides a valuable promotional tool for our nonprofits.  See his photos under the PHOTOS tab and in The San Francisco Bay Times  In 2015, Paul created the annual OurTownSF Nonprofit Expo which brings groups serving us together for a day of fun & community building and takes place 13 days after the Castro Street Fair at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center. In 2018 over 2,000 community members attended the Expo and 130 groups serving the LGBTQ community participated and has grown to become "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

* DISCLAIMER
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 website.


                               
                       


 
 
 

Visiting Los Angeles? Connect with

our sister site OurTownLA.org 

Their fiscal sponsor TurnOut.org  connects 
volunteers with LGBTQ nonprofits