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 […]

The Butterfly Effect

By Ramona Krucker, Gardener The Butterfly Cottage, nestled under the English Oak near The Studio, has recently been claimed by a future butterfly for pupation and hibernation purposes. We first noticed the pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor) chrysalis attached by the back door about six or seven weeks ago. Previously, there had been sightings of fully […]

Garden Allies, Up Close & Personal

By Ramona Krucker, Gardener Have bugs ever eaten your flowers or chewed on your leafy greens? Then you know how how hard these little creatures can make a gardener’s life. At a recent event at Marin Art and Garden Center, local author and entomologist Frédérique Lavoipierre  shared insight and fun hands-on approaches to learning about […]

An impossible hybrid in the gardens

As you wander up the path from the main entrance to Marin Art and Garden Center, you might wonder at an unusual new sight off to your left, nestled in among the trunks of the crape myrtle trees. A grove of not-quite-plants has sprouted up, the creation of Berkeley-based artist Marcia Donahue. A fanciful suggestion […]

Spring improvements for 2021 Jessica Fairchild, a member of our Board of Trustees and a local architect, introduces some of the projects that have been in the works this spring at Marin Art and Garden Center. From new planting to the renewal of historic structures, it has already been a busy season here as we welcome back visitors […]

Container gardening for a little drama

If you’re a regular visitor to Marin Art and Garden Center accustomed to entering through the arbor near the main office, you’ve had to reroute your path from the parking lot since we re-established the historic entry at the bridge across Kittle Creek. Now the arbor is a focus point of a different kind, with […]

Curvaceous Beauty

Regular visitors have been deprived of prime seating at the Fountain Pond for some time, as the beloved mid-century style bench flanking the pond’s south side was badly deteriorating. The precise age and architect of the original bench are unknown. Perhaps you know more about when it was built and by whom? Send us your […]

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 […]

Preparing for fire season

With smoke hanging heavy in the air this week, we hardly need reminders that fire season is here, and we need to work together to reduce the risks of a devastating blaze.

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