Annual Appeal

It is impossible to consider the Marin Art and Garden Center without acknowledging the exceptionally courageous and forward-looking women who saved this property from development, and those who continue to conserve and nurture this special property today. These women all know the promise of the Marin Art and Garden Center and that it is a place worth celebrating.

These same pioneering women, led by Caroline Livermore, saw similar promise when conserving Angel Island, Richardson’s Bay, Samuel P. Taylor Park, Tomales Bay, key parts of Mt. Tam—all landscapes that we know, visit and love.

What the Art and Garden Center shares with these places is that solemn promise. The promise that these places exist for everyone—in Marin and all points beyond. These landscapes were not conserved for the use of a lucky few, but for everyone.

Promises are our bond.

It takes nearly $2 million a year to keep our gates open to the public free of charge and our year-end appeal is a critical effort to raise this operational revenue. Your support allows us to expand our offerings in the performing and visual arts, music, design, gardens, preservation and conservation, including community partnerships allowing us to further welcome underserved communities, and improvements to our grounds including interpretive signage and content directly connecting the visitor experience.

Your generous support ensures that we can keep this promise.

Donations received by January 31, 2024 are included in our 2023 Annual Appeal.

Stories from our community

The wonder invoked by the spectacular gardens expanded visitors’ curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about another flora—the flora of the ocean.

Josie Iselin

We both felt that this site was irreplaceable; an oasis of incredible beauty at our doorstep.

Dave & Ginger Egan

My sister’s aunt was one of the first people to have her wedding celebration at Marin Art and Garden Center. She arranged it with Caroline Livermore herself.

Sherrill Miller

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 to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center