Bridging the Gap with Seaweed

By Ned Purdom, Vice President, Board of Trustees

There is magic making art. Outside. Instructed and encouraged by a working artist whose passion for her subject matter is matched by her desire to share that passion and craft.

For several years, Marin Art and Garden Center has partnered with Bridge the Gap College Prep to bring enriching art experiences to students from Marin City. Bridge the Gap provides comprehensive educational, social, and emotional support with the goal that every Marin City youth completes high school and graduates from college.

As an extension of her fascinating exhibit, The Curious World of Seaweed, San Francisco artist Josie Iselin conducted a cyanotype workshop for Bridge the Gap high school students, many of whom graduated soon after this experience and are heading off to college.

Providing experiences outside the classroom, which complement s Bridge the Gap’s comprehensive academic support, is central to the organization.

“We so appreciate that the Marin Art and Garden Center is such a genuine and willing partner that understands the importance of diversity and inclusivity,” said Lisa Raffel, Executive Director, Bridge the Gap.

While our end goal is getting Marin City students to and through college, we know that providing, high-quality enrichment experiences actually support the academic and social emotional growth of our students. The Marin Art and Garden Center is a wonderful place for that enrichment,” Raffel continued.

Josie Iselin is no stranger to the classroom whether it is a formal one, outside or more recently, on Zoom. In addition to being an artist, writer and champion for marine science and conservation, Iselin is a long-time design instructor at San Francisco State University.

“Bringing the magic of both the process of image making and the world of seaweeds to a group of young creators is always a joy and being able to do it under the magnificent arms of the English oak tree at MAGC was profound and just plain fun! We had a blast!” Iselin exclaimed.

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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.


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