Perspectives on the 2022 Leadership Luncheon

Leadership Luncheon at the Caroline Livermore Pavilion Executive Director Antonia Adezio with Tom Jackson and Kathy Grant Phoebe Cowles, Diane Frankel, Katie Jarman, Diane Doodha, Valerie Nagel, Jessica Fairchild Andy Evans & Trish Scales Barbro Greene, Ellin Purdom, Candy MacNaughton John Sullivan, Merrily Labarthe, Bob Mayer, Teta Collins, June Sullivan, Trish Scales Lacey Sher, Board […]

Introducing Michael Bogart

If you’ve visited the gardens since the summer, you’ve seen the work of Garden Manager Michael Bogart, who joined the staff here in August 2021. We’re delighted to have him on board! Michael is from the farmlands of southeastern Michigan. He grew up working in the fields and farmers’ markets, mowing lawns in the summer […]

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 […]

Meghan Ray Joins the HAC

Earlier this fall, we were delighted to welcome Meghan Ray to Marin Art and Garden Center’s Horticultural Advisory Committee. She is currently the Garden Manager at Blake Garden in the East Bay. Meghan’s urban childhood in New York City inspired her passion for horticulture. She has spent her career in public gardens, first at the […]

A Sign for the Times

If you are waiting at the traffic light at the intersection of Sir Francis Drake and Lagunitas Road these days, you might notice something a little different at the entrance of Marin Art and Garden Center. As part of our rebranding to commemorate the 75th anniversary of our founding, we have commissioned a new sign […]

Celebrating a New Look at 75

Marin Art and Garden Center has come to mean so many things to so many people that trying to find the common threads and a consistent message to communicate has always proved elusive. Could a symbol be found that brought together all that the Center represents?

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