Community Spotlight

Marin Art and Garden Center’s greatest asset is the unflagging support from generous community members.  We are privileged to be surrounded by talented and dedicated partners who contribute so much to celebrate and conserve this special place for all the people of Marin, and beyond.

There are so many stories about how Marin Art and Garden Center has intersected with different lives in our community; Marketing Coordinator Michele Geraldi has begun to document just some of these wonderful accounts. Click below on any of the Spotlights to read the full feature.

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Looking up at the Giant Sequoia is always awe-inspiring. When I have the time, I love to go up to the basketry garden. It’s one of the garden’s little hidden treasures.

“It feels really special to be working events in the same place my grandmother used to work, maybe 70 or 80 years ago. It feels somehow meant to be.”

“My students loved everything about the trip. They were a hundred percent engaged the entire time.”

“The garden allows me to express my love of the natural world and its endless variety. I have a deep appreciation for its rich history and enduring traditions.”

“We both felt that this site was irreplaceable; an oasis of incredible beauty at our doorstep.”


“The peace and beauty of the space is exceptional, and I believe it’s healing for people from a variety of backgrounds; not just nature or garden enthusiasts.”

“My sister’s aunt was one of the first people to have her wedding celebration at Marin Art and Garden Center. She arranged it with Caroline Livermore herself.” 

“The wonder invoked by Marin Art and Garden Center’s spectacular gardens expanded visitors’ curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about another flora—the flora of the ocean.”

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