Kitchen Memories, 1945-1965: Selections from The Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It can be filled with memories of friends and family, the smell of cookies baking, spaghetti sauce simmering, coffee brewing, and children’s first performances. The tools on the walls or in the drawers evoke memories that last forever. Kathleen Thompson Hill’s collection of over 3,000 kitchen utensils offers a stroll down memory lane, as well as an education about the evolution of the kitchen gadgets we use today. This exhibition presented some of the collection’s highlights, from cheese graters to cracker tins to egg beaters. More than just examples of domestic activities, the collection mirrors the cultural and technological history of the country through the years.

The items selected for this exhibition were ones that would have been found in Marin kitchens like those belonging to Caroline Livermore and the other founders of the Marin Art & Garden Center, when they established the Center in 1945. Food was always part of the strategy for supporting the Center, and in the early days there were teas, lunches, and even a cafe run by volunteers to raise funds. This exhibition ran in The Studio from March 22 to April 27, 2019.

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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.

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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).
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        • 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.


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