Studio Takeover by the Garden School

In February, the Garden School hosted an art show! The children of the Garden School spent a couple months creating and curating work for a fabulous exhibition in our gallery space, The Studio. All the art displayed was 100% done by the children. Art was created by following the children’s interests in various art media […]

Another season of Exploring Habitats

Second-grade classes in Marin County schools have a wonderful hands-on education opportunity here at Marin Art and Garden Center. A group of dedicated volunteers with the Marin Master Gardeners has developed a field trip program that dovetails with the science curriculum covered in second grade, and makes the most of the area of the grounds […]

Talking to your child about the great mask transition!

Garden School Director Emma Norris is helping the preschool students understand about why we do and do not wear masks, a challenging topic for all of us, but especially young children. Read on for some useful guidance. Just as the transition to wearing masks was confusing for many children, the transition out of them can […]

Back to the Garden School

After a year and a half with its doors closed, Marin Art and Garden Center’s on-site preschool reopened on September 8, welcoming students to the Garden School once again. Director Emma Norris has brought together an enthusiastic and experienced team of teachers who spend their days mostly outdoors with the children, exploring the 11 acres […]

Artists in Residence at the Garden School

The preschool on the MAGC grounds makes the most of the 11 acres here. You’ve probably seen the children doing their best to walk in a nice straight line on their way to visit some corner of the gardens. Last year the school held its first-ever exhibition of student art, turning our multi-purpose room into […]

A Bumper Crop of Apples Turns to Cider

The apple tree growing on the patio near the Livermore Pavilion has been here since before anyone can recall, providing shade in the summer and a crop of fruit in the autumn. In the past several years, the harvest has very meager, and the tree itself seemed to be struggling. After a vigorous pruning with help […]

Gingerbread decorating

Last year we inaugurated a new holiday fundraiser for the Marin Art & Garden Center, an event that proved so much fun for families that we decided to do it again this year. What better way to celebrate the season than by decking out a gingerbread cottage with an array of candy and goodies? Even […]

The Garden School Gets Cooking from the Edible Garden

Our on-site preschool is called the Garden School for a reason: the children spend time out on the grounds almost every day, exploring and discovering the natural world. This fall, they have been helping with the harvest in the Edible Garden, and helping others as well. In September, the preschool students trekked over to the […]

Conservation Night carries on

MAGC’s second annual Conservation Night, on July 19, was another great success! Buoyed by the harmonies of Happnstance, our Summer Concert performers, our guest host Supervisor Katie Rice welcomed local conservation organizations Cool the Earth, One Tam, the Marin United Nations Association, Wisdom Supply Company, Wildcare, the Environmental Forum of Marin, Marin Sanitary Service, and […]

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