Celebrating a New Look at 75

For 75 years now, Marin Art & Garden Center has been a special gathering place that celebrates learning, growth and the beauty of nature; a place to be inspired, educated and entertained—or to just be. Enjoy the gardens, shop for antiques, attend a preschool or play at Pixie Park, get inspired in The Studio or the Barn, get married or take time to honor a loved one, take a course or simply take a stroll.

It has come to mean so many things to so many people that trying to find the common threads and a consistent message to communicate has always proved elusive, especially for audiences that have never seen it, have only ever driven by, or do not even know it exists.

So the search began for ways to capture all that is wonderful and engaging about Marin Art and Garden Center—in words and imagery.

Could a symbol be found that brought together all that the Center represents? Could words be crafted that could be used consistently to say all that needs to be said? We believe so.

Renowned designer, Laura Scott, founder and creative director of Studio Scott, and David McGrane a brand strategist and copywriter set about getting all the input they could from a vast array of stake holders and supporters. They conducted in-person interviews and online surveys. Themes began to rise, and imagery started to form.

In this video, Laura Scott takes us through the process that has given us this new logo that brings together all that you love about Marin Art and Garden Center. 

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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