A Very Large Donation

Lurking in the shadows of the main office building at MAGC is a monster. A plant the size of a person, and at least 50 years old. This new addition to our gardens is a staghorn fern, and was the gift of Carol Houck, who inherited this magnificent specimen from her mother and generously chose to offer it to us when she was moving out of state and couldn’t bring it with her. Because staghorn ferns are epiphytes and grow on other plants, like many orchids or air plants, we have mounted the fern on the wall next to the sign for the Main Office, where it gets just enough dappled sunlight to flourish. It gets its name from one of its two types of fronds, the antler-shaped leaves that give the fern its name. As with other types of ferns, the staghorn fern develops spores on the underside of these fronds, which are released into the air to produce new plants. Staghorn ferns also have a second type of frond that surround the base of the plant and take up water and nutrients. These dry and turn brown over time, but should not be removed and aren’t any indication that the plant isn’t doing well. Next time you stop by the office, be sure to look over your shoulder to catch a glimpse of this truly fantastic monster of a plant.

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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