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.

After a winter without much rain, and the usual dry summer season, we have accumulated a substantial pile of cut branches and trimmings from around Marin Art and Garden Center that aren’t suitable for composting, our usual approach to green waste. As this dry brush has collected, it became a fire hazard itself, and we realized we needed help to manage it. 

We are extremely grateful to FIRESafe MARIN for helping us reduce this pile of branches to wood chips this month. FIRESafe MARIN has been organizing Chipper Days around the county since 1993; this year, they launched a new program to support Marin’s growing network of Firewise USA sites with fully staffed curbside pick-up chipper days.

The next Chipper Day in Ross is coming up on September 24; you can register on the FIRESafe MARIN website to have your tree trimmings hauled away and chipped. It couldn’t be easier to reduce fire danger around your house, and even better, it’s free, with support from the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority. 

Fire danger is all too present, but there are many ways to protect your home and family. We definitely encourage you to look at the FIRESafe Marin website, which is packed with helpful information. We can all appreciate this community resource.

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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 to discuss your gift to Marin Art and Garden Center