Leadership Luncheon 2023 Gallery

On Wednesday, May 10th, members of our Leadership Circle joined us for our annual Spring Leadership Reception and Luncheon, hosted at the Caroline Livermore Pavilion. Many of our guests are pictured below.

Leadership Luncheon 2023

Welcome to the guests Brian Salmen, Charles Raven, and Andy Evans Candy MacNaughton, Suzi Salmen, and Suzanne Mellor Cara Storm, Theresa Nelson, Brianna Cutts, and Antonia Adezio Chris Feibusch with Pat and John Cahill Diane Doodha (Board President Emeritus) with Tom Perry (Board President) and Julianne Polanco (Guest Speaker) Jennifer and Robert Leathers June and […]

Sprinkle; Dig; Society; Awesome

The official collective noun for a group of gardeners is known as a sprinkle. Other ones I’ve heard through the years include a dig of gardeners and a society of gardeners. Another name for a group of gardeners that come together regularly at Marin Art and Garden Center is the Horticultural Advisory Committee. I personally […]

Another season of Exploring Habitats

Second-grade classes in Marin County schools have a wonderful hands-on education opportunity here at Marin Art and Garden Center. A group of dedicated volunteers with the Marin Master Gardeners has developed a field trip program that dovetails with the science curriculum covered in second grade, and makes the most of the area of the grounds […]

IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


Please email Tod Thorpe, Director of Development at tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center