Commemorative Benches

Marin Art and Garden Center is a place where members of our community have celebrated milestones in their lives for generations. Favorite views and vistas throughout this green oasis offer opportunities to rest, reflect, and honor special people while enjoying the beauty of the gardens and grounds.

We welcome you to celebrate a loved one, friend or organization with a commemorative bench at Marin Art and Garden Center. Benches are available for placement throughout the Center’s 11-acre grounds. Benches are offered in renewable 10-year terms and may be sponsored by individuals, groups, or organizations. Each bench features a bronze plaque with your chosen inscription mounted to the backrest.

Our bench style is complementary to our architecture and constructed from long-lasting hardwood. It provides comfortable seating for three people.

Bench locations include the Magnolia Circle, with views of the Sun Garden and pool; overlooking the Great Lawn, and in the natural area of the Habitat Garden.

The 10-year term includes installation, maintainance, and the personalized bronze plaque for $10,000.

For more information, contact the main office:

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