Spring Volunteer Orientation

Join us and learn more about how you can be a part of the community of volunteers at Marin Art and Garden Center!

We are looking for people who are inspired by Marin Art and Garden Center’s vision to create a sense of pride and connection among all the people of Marin—and beyond—in this thriving, inclusive gathering place of inspiration, growth and celebration.   Volunteers have been at the heart of the Center’s operations since our founding in 1945. We currently offer several different opportunities for volunteers, so whether you’re interested in getting your hands dirty in the gardens, welcoming visitors to this nationally recognized landmark, or helping our engaging programs to run smoothly, we have a place for you! 

Our orientation will include a chance to learn more about the history of the Center, the available volunteer opportunities, and a tour of the grounds. Light refreshments will be served. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Please fill out our volunteer application before the event.

We hope to see you there!



Apr 15 2023


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Questions? email info@maringarden.org or call 415-455-5260

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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