A Powerful Force

The Wind!

The extraordinary wind and rain from Tuesday shook loose a lot of debris. It has taken a couple of days to clean up—our totes and bins are full!

Our Garden Team

did plenty of preventative work in the autumn to prepare for just such an event. As a result, we had minimal damage and zero flooding. Well done, team!

Lichens on the Loose!

The high winds brought a substantial amount of lichen to the ground. It’s a chance to see some of the interesting varieties that prefer high branches so we seldom spot them down below, like the black species on the tip of the branch here that is still very fresh and damp.

Though it is disheartening to see so much of it fallen, I realized how much lichen we actually have. And that’s a good thing—lichen only grow in good air quality and healthy environments. It too will rejuvenate.

Nature’s Way of Pruning

This past storm took out mostly dead or dying branches, some large, some small, but all in all, plenty! It wasn’t just the force of the wind that blew down so much: the winds were predominantly from east to west, which is not typical for these parts. The eastern side of trees is sheltered from the normal wind direction from west to east, so there was much more debris from the east-facing side of trees that normally doesn’t get that much action from the wind.

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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