San Francisco’s Handlery Union Square
), run by the Handlery family since
1948, is giving something back to the community: free meeting
space. Since October, the Handlery has offered its
1,035-square-foot Union Square meeting room to local and national
not-for-profit organizations free of charge. The offer will be
available through the end of March.
“My hotel family and our guests benefit from the many
not-for-profit organizations that provide services to the local
community and others worldwide,” says John Handlery, senior vice
president and general manager of the Handlery Union Square.
“Whether it is an arts organization, youth- or health-related
not-for-profit, we want to express our gratitude to them through
The hotel’s Union Square meeting room accommodates up to 100
people in a theater-style setting and features state-of-the-art
audiovisual equipment, including a wide-screen TV, an overhead
projector, sophisticated computer production equipment and wireless
Internet access. For A/V use, not-for-profits are charged a nominal
To qualify for the free meeting space, organizations need not
book guest rooms at the hotel. But if guest rooms are used, the
property will give 10 percent of the bill back to the group in the
form of a donation.
One caveat to this philanthropy: The free meeting space cannot
be booked more than three weeks in advance.