Leadership Luncheon 2023

On Wednesday, May 10th, members of our Leadership Circle joined us for our annual Spring Leadership Luncheon, hosted at the Caroline Livermore Pavilion. Julianne Polanco, the State Historic Preservation Officer, reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in March, spoke to the group about the importance of the preservation of historic places in our communities. She said about the Center, “the stewardship and work done by those before us, by those supporting it today, continues the mission as part of a rare continuum of connecting the present to future generations.” 

The Marin Art and Garden Center is a nonprofit organization receiving no government or city funding, depending entirely on individual support. For this critical reason, the Leadership Circle was established to acknowledge Marin Art and Garden Center’s most loyal and generous supporters who give $1,000 or more annually.  

Participation in the Leadership Circle offers opportunities for deeper involvement with the Center, including invitations to exclusive programs and events, and being the first-to-know about new strategic initiatives for the garden, art and music presentations, and the Garden School. 

Please consider joining here. 

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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