Marin Art and Garden Center invites you to become a Friend of the Garden. By becoming a Friend, you not only support this amazing Garden, you also get lots of great benefits. Starting at the $100 level, supporters can enjoy 10% off select programs, including our popular Summer Concert Series. 

Any gift of up to $100 entitles you to a Friends of the Garden Car Magnet, plus quarterly newsletters with garden updates and event schedules. Click on any of the squares below to see the full list of benefits for that level.

Marin Art and Garden Center is an independent non-profit organization. We receive no support from city, county or state taxes.  Your friendship will help us to maintain our 11 acres of gardens, historic buildings and educational programming and keep our doors open from sunrise to sunset 365 days a year.
We are grateful for support of all kinds. Please see below for a list of other ways to become a Friend of the Garden and let’s play!

Edible Garden

Each year we bring our closest friends together to share a feast at our signature event, Edible Garden—A Culinary Fundraiser. All are welcome to become a Friend of the Garden through this delicious event celebrating the bounty of our local community.

Sponsorship & Underwriting

Summer Concerts, Edible Garden and Winter Wonderland bring together music, art and garden lovers of all ages. Supporting these events through sponsorship or underwriting allows us to keep these events accessible to the entire community.

Legacy Giving

For those who want their love of the Garden, or that of a family member, to live on, consider making a legacy donation. A beloved resource for the Marin community for nearly 80 years, the Center has a long history of support from generous bequests and legacy donations.

Commemorative Benches

Becoming a Friend of the Garden by gifting one of our newly designed commemorative benches is the perfect way to honor those loved ones or inspiring organizations with a unique and enduring gift that celebrates your time in the Garden.

Volunteering

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways to become a Friend of the Garden. We welcome friends of all ages and various skills to help contribute through our monthly garden work parties, special events and other programs.

Capital Campaign

Phase One of the Master Plan is coming soon.

Edible Garden

Each year we bring our closest friends together to share a feast at our signature event, Edible Garden—A Culinary Fundraiser. All are welcome to become a Friend of the Garden through this delicious event celebrating the bounty of our local community.

Sponsorship & Underwriting

Summer Concerts, Edible Garden and Winter Wonderland bring together music, art and garden lovers of all ages. Supporting these events through sponsorship or underwriting allows us to keep these events accessible to the entire community.

Legacy Giving

For those who want their love of the Garden, or that of a family member, to live on, consider making a legacy donation. A beloved resource for the Marin community for nearly 80 years, the Center has a long history of support from generous bequests and legacy donations.

Commemorative Benches

Becoming a Friend of the Garden by gifting one of our newly designed commemorative benches is the perfect way to honor those loved ones or inspiring organizations with a unique and enduring gift that celebrates your time in the Garden.

Volunteering

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways to become a Friend of the Garden. We welcome Friends of all ages and various skills to help contribute through our monthly garden work parties, special events and other programs.

Capital Campaign

Phase One of the Master Plan is coming soon!

Become a Friend of the Garden at any level!

$100–$249

  • Friends of the Garden Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat  
  • 10% Discount off select programs, including Summer Concerts and Winter Wonderland  
  • American Horticulture Society (AHS) Membership with reciprocity to hundreds of gardens nationwide, including San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park 
  • Recognition in the Garden’s Impact Report  
  • Friends of the Garden Car Magnet  
  • Quarterly Newsletters with Garden Updates and Event Schedules

Become a Friend of the Garden at any level!

$250–$499

  • Additional Friends Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat (2 total)
  • Two Tickets to a Summer Concert  
  • Early Access to Summer Concerts 
  • Discounted Rates on a Garden Photography Session  
  • Friends of the Garden Car Magnet  
  • Quarterly Newsletters with Garden Updates and Event Schedules
  • Friends of the Garden Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat  
  • 10% Discount off select programs, including Summer Concerts and Winter Wonderland  
  • American Horticulture Society (AHS) Membership with reciprocity to hundreds of gardens nationwide, including San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park 
  • Recognition in the Garden’s Impact Report 

Become a Friend of the Garden at any level!

$500–$999

  • Friends of the Garden Water Bottle  
  • Priority Access to Limited Capacity Events and Workshops  
  • Special Friends Pricing on Rental Fees for Private Events 
  • VIP Art Show and Event Receptions 
  • Friends of the Garden Car Magnet  
  • Quarterly Newsletters with Garden Updates and Event Schedules
  • Friends of the Garden Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat  
  • 10% Discount off select programs, including Summer Concerts and Winter Wonderland  
  • American Horticulture Society (AHS) Membership with reciprocity to hundreds of gardens nationwide, including San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park 
  • Recognition in the Garden’s Impact Report 
  • Additional Friends Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat 
  • Two Tickets to a Summer Concert  
  • Early Access to Summer Concerts 
  • Discounted Rates on a Garden Photography Session 

Become a Friend of the Garden at any level!

$1000–$2499

  • Friends of the Garden Picnic Blanket   
  • Private Garden Tour and Personal Consultation with Expert Garden Manager  
  • Two Skating Tickets for Winter Wonderland  
  • Two Additional (4 total) Summer Concert Tickets 
  • Propagated Plant from our Garden  
  • Priority Access to Edible Garden – Our Garden Culinary Fundraiser  
  • Friends of the Garden Car Magnet  
  • Quarterly Newsletters with Garden Updates and Event Schedules
  • Friends of the Garden Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat  
  • 10% Discount off select programs, including Summer Concerts and Winter Wonderland  
  • American Horticulture Society (AHS) Membership with reciprocity to hundreds of gardens nationwide, including San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park 
  • Recognition in the Garden’s Impact Report 
  • Additional Friends Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat 
  • Two Tickets to a Summer Concert  
  • Early Access to Summer Concerts 
  • Discounted Rates on a Garden Photography Session 
  • Friends of the Garden Water Bottle  
  • Priority Access to Limited Capacity Events and Workshops  
  • Special Friends Pricing on Rental Fees for Private Events 
  • VIP Art Show and Event Receptions 

Become a Friend of the Garden at any level!

$2500–$4999

  • An Additional (two total) Friends of the Garden Water Bottle 
  • Two Additional (four total) Skating Tickets for Winter Wonderland  
  • Private Picnic Area Reservation
  • Friends of the Garden Picnic Blanket   
  • Private Garden Tour and Personal Consultation with Expert Garden Manager  
  • Two Skating Tickets for Winter Wonderland  
  • Two Additional (4 total) Summer Concert Tickets 
  • Propagated Plant from our Garden  
  • Priority Access to Edible Garden – Our Garden Culinary Fundraiser
  • Friends of the Garden Car Magnet  
  • Quarterly Newsletters with Garden Updates and Event Schedules
  • Friends of the Garden Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat  
  • 10% Discount off select programs, including Summer Concerts and Winter Wonderland  
  • American Horticulture Society (AHS) Membership with reciprocity to hundreds of gardens nationwide, including San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park 
  • Recognition in the Garden’s Impact Report 
  • Additional Friends Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat 
  • Two Tickets to a Summer Concert  
  • Early Access to Summer Concerts 
  • Discounted Rates on a Garden Photography Session 
  • Friends of the Garden Water Bottle  
  • Priority Access to Limited Capacity Events and Workshops  
  • Special Friends Pricing on Rental Fees for Private Events 
  • VIP Art Show and Event Receptions 

Become a Friend of the Garden at any level!

  • Exclusive Bonus Gift  
  • An Additional (2 total) Friends of the Garden Picnic Blanket 
  • Two (6 total) Additional Summer Concert Tickets  
  • Two (6 total) Additional Skating Tickets for Winter Wonderland 
  • Friends of the Garden Car Magnet  
  • Quarterly Newsletters with Garden Updates and Event Schedules
  • Friends of the Garden Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat  
  • 10% Discount off select programs, including Summer Concerts and Winter Wonderland  
  • American Horticulture Society (AHS) Membership with reciprocity to hundreds of gardens nationwide, including San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Garden and Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park 
  • Recognition in the Garden’s Impact Report 
  • Additional Friends Tote Bag or Tommy Breeze Custom Hat 
  • Two Tickets to a Summer Concert  
  • Early Access to Summer Concerts 
  • Discounted Rates on a Garden Photography Session 
  • Friends of the Garden Water Bottle  
  • Priority Access to Limited Capacity Events and Workshops  
  • Special Friends Pricing on Rental Fees for Private Events 
  • VIP Art Show and Event Receptions 
  • Friends of the Garden Picnic Blanket   
  • Private Garden Tour and Personal Consultation with Expert Garden Manager  
  • Two Skating Tickets for Winter Wonderland  
  • Two Additional Summer Concert Tickets 
  • Propagated Plant from our Garden  
  • Priority Access to Edible Garden – Our Garden Culinary Fundraiser  
  • An Additional Friends of the Garden Water Bottle 
  • Two Additional Skating Tickets for Winter Wonderland 
  • Private Picnic Area Reservation  

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