Every Penny Counts
is Presented by

Wells Fargo

We are grateful to
Wells Fargo for
over 16 years of

In November 1987, Fred Skau, a bartender on Polk Street, put an empty glass jar on his bar with a sign asking for donations for people with AIDS. In the following month, other bars joined the effort and over $10,000 in coins was collected followed by $100,000 being collected over the next year. More than 500 jars were placed in restaurants, bars, retail stores and small businesses. An army of volunteers canvassed the neighborhoods emptying jars and bringing the coins to AIDS Emergency Fund. Other volunteers sorted, counted and bagged the coins.

2015 marks Every Penny Counts’ 28th year of fundraising for AIDS Emergency Fund and to this day, is run by an all-volunteer penny posse. Over the years, proceeds from the Every Penny Counts have totaled more than $3.2 million! To this day, people from all walks of life continue to empty their spare change into the jars, netting over $40,000 annually for AEF’s clients in need. In addition, 100% of the money raised from the jars goes directly to assist AEF clients. Every Penny Counts is AEF’s longest running fundraiser.


Participating Merchants

17th & Noe Market

Alexander Hamilton
American Legion Post 448

Alex Fitness

Aunt Charlie’s Lounge

B.A.R. (Bay Area Reporter)

Boston Properties

Castro Village Cleaners

Central YMCA


Community Thrift Store

Cove Café


EHDD Architects

Gallery Paul Anglim



Gino’s For Hair

Fitness SF – Castro

Hole In The Wall Saloon

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Martin Mass, MD

Moby Dick Bar

Mr. S Leather


Pilsner Inn

P O Plus

Puff N Stuff

Smoke Plus

Sojourn Properties

Spike’s Coffee & Tea

Sunset Stationers

TechSoup Global

The Cinch Bar

The Edge Bar

The Packaging Store


Twin Peaks Tavern

Viking Hair Styling

Walgreens – Castro

Wild Side West

Worn Out West

YP Holdings

Zephyr Real Estate –
West Portal

Zephyr Real Estate –
Market Street at Noe Street

Zephyr Real Estate –
California Street