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.

“We Got Company!”

You know how it is when you know you have company coming over and you put off things to do until the day is upon you? Well, that happened to the gardeners at the Center earlier this month. It’s like my house was a mess and I had to clean up quickly before the Filoli […]

Leadership Luncheon 2023 Gallery

On Wednesday, May 10th, members of our Leadership Circle joined us for our annual Spring Leadership Reception and Luncheon, hosted at the Caroline Livermore Pavilion. Many of our guests are pictured below.

Leadership Luncheon 2023

Welcome to the guests Brian Salmen, Charles Raven, and Andy Evans Candy MacNaughton, Suzi Salmen, and Suzanne Mellor Cara Storm, Theresa Nelson, Brianna Cutts, and Antonia Adezio Chris Feibusch with Pat and John Cahill Diane Doodha (Board President Emeritus) with Tom Perry (Board President) and Julianne Polanco (Guest Speaker) Jennifer and Robert Leathers June and […]

An Early Autumn

Fall officially arrived this year on September 22 with the Autumn Equinox, but after a blistering heat wave early this month, the early rain and comparatively cool weather already feels like a change of season. Around the garden, we’re seeing that the plants are also starting to undergo a shift, with leaves changing color and […]

Keeping it Natural in the Garden

By Michael Bogart Garden Manager Organic and pesticide free.  Those words are nice to hear, and even nicer to practice.    As you visit our gardens, you can be assured that there are no chemicals and everything we grow is organic.  When we practice this method of gardening it ensures the health of everyone, from […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Ellin Purdom

Ellin (center) with Board President Tom Perry and Executive Director Antonia Adezio If you’ve been a visitor to The Shop since it opened in 2020, you have almost certainly enjoyed the experience so much more because of Ellin Purdom’s deft touch. Ellin’s husband Ned joined the Center’s Board of Trustees in 2019, but Ellin’s own […]

The Women in my Garden

March is Women’s History Month, and a fitting time to acknowledge the fundamental role that women have played in the establishment of Marin Art and Garden Center. In 1945, Caroline Livermore and a group of conservation-minded women came together to preserve this space at the heart of Marin, to ensure that it remained a community […]

Leadership Circle Spring Event If you weren’t able to join us for the live event on April 27, you can watch the recording here to catch up on everything that’s new around the grounds. Renew your support

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