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 […]

Marin Art and Garden Center Listed on the National Register

We are delighted to announce that the Marin Art and Garden Center has just been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation’s cultural resources worthy of recognition and preservation. The decision is based on the Center’s cultural significance since its founding 75+ years ago.  The Center has also […]

Spring Reopening

This time of year is always one of the most exciting at Marin Art and Garden Center: every day it seems, something new is in bloom and the sounds of birds and insects fill the air. Even in such an extraordinary year as this one, we can count on spring to bring welcome change. As […]

Black History in the Garden

Looking back and looking forward in honor of Black History Month, explore this sampling of podcasts, books, zoom lectures, articles, and TED talks.  These rich resources are only an introduction to the many ways in which Black academics, leaders, community-organizers, scientists, and innovators have influenced and continue to drive change across the intersectional plant- and […]

Welcome to the New Director of the Garden School

We are delighted to announce that Emma Norris is joining us as the new Director of the Garden School, reopening in fall 2021. Emma has a strong background in early childhood education and a passion for her work and she is looking forward to joining the Garden School community.   Emma was raised in West Marin […]

High school interns making a difference

James, Daelan and Raymond take charge of the mulch. Autumn is a time when our garden team tackles some of the larger projects around the grounds. As plants move into a more dormant phase, and (in a normal year) the outdoor event season winds down, fall is a good time to get important maintenance tasks […]

Leading the Season of Giving

President of the Board of Trustees Diane Doodha, and philanthropist Phoebe Cowles Thanks to the generosity of philanthropist Phoebe Cowles, the Marin Art and Garden Center has a new look. Last month, Marin Art and Garden Center installed a new sign at its entry on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Ross, featuring its new logo and […]

Support the Marin Garden Fund Donations to our Marin Garden Fund support all of the operating costs of Marin Art and Garden Center. Your support will help keep our gardens beautiful, maintain our historic buildings and grounds, and allow us to present programs and art exhibitions throughout the year. Make a donation

Pixie Park Goes Back to its Roots

This beloved children’s playground is getting a new look with retro appeal, hearkening back to its founding. On nearly any day of the year, you can count on hearing children’s laughter and the squeak of swings coming from somewhere up on the hillside above  Marin Art & Garden Center. If you follow the sounds up […]

Take a seat at the Ross Valley Players

The Barn theater is one of the oldest buildings at MAGC. From its origins as an actual barn in the nineteenth century, it was converted to a theater 75 years later and has been the home of the Ross Valley Players since 1939. RVP is the oldest continually-operating community theater west of the Mississippi, but […]

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