New Direction in the News

The Pacific Sun takes note of “a transformative era for the iconic 77-year-old public garden and event space.”

Botanical Art in Marin Living

We’re delighted that readers of Marin Living Magazine will catch a glimpse of the 26th Annual Exhibition of Botanical Art, on view in The Studio through November 26, 2023. You can leaf through the whole issue (don’t miss page 24!) here.

National Register Media Roundup

Several excellent articles covering Marin Art and Garden Center’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places have been published this month; you may be interested to read the coverage.

Anniversary Headlines

Marin Art and Garden Center has been making headlines with the celebration of our 75th anniversary on August 3. Catch up with all the coverage here!

We’re Front Page News!

“We are going to remind people how much the Marin Art and Garden Center has been valued over the years, and that we will be here for another 75, 100 years more.” That’s a quotation from our Executive Director, Antonia Adezio.

Marin Art and Garden Center is in Eden

As part of a larger project tracing the history of Marin Art and Garden Center, historian Carol Roland Nawi, Ph.D. published an article about the Center in Eden, the quarterly journal of the California Garden & Landscape History Society.  [T]he Marin Art and Garden Center has remained a vital part of the Marin landscape 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