Celebrating 77 Years

Photographs by Stephanie Pool

In 1945, a group of visionary women banded together to save this extraordinary 11-acre property from development, and to create a center for the community to enjoy the arts and nature. Marin Art and Garden Center was established 77 years ago this summer and this year, we had an additional reason to celebrate our anniversary. In July the Center was named to the National Register of Historic Places, honoring its cultural significance for its architecture, landscape design, and social history.

At a celebration on August 3, we hosted a gathering of friends and supporters, including County Supervisor Katie Rice, representatives from the Ross Town Council Bill Kircher and Julie McMillan, as well as the chair of our own Horticultural Advisory Committee Richard Turner, members of the Ross Historical Society Joe Barton, Fran Cappelletti and Richard Torney, daughter of José Moya del Piño, Tina Kun, and of course past and present members of our Board of Trustees and staff.

Executive Director Antonia Adezio recalled the dedicated efforts of everyone who worked on the long and intensive nomination project, including Chris Pattillo and Cathy Garrett of PGA Design, who undertook a meticulous survey of the site from buildings to fenceposts, and Valerie Nagel, the historic architect who stewarded the application through to its successful completion. Board of Trustees President, Tom Perry, acknowledged the many contributors to the Center’s enduring vitality, including founder Caroline Livermore, whose grandson Sam was in attendance, as well as the Marin Garden Club and the Ross Historical Society–Moya Library.  

At the conclusion of the event, we laid a wreath on the memorial plaque that commemorates the Center’s incorporation, honoring “the spirit of the founders in order that we might carry the success forward into the next 77 years.”

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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 tod.thorpe@maringarden.org to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center