Volunteer Spotlight: Ellin Purdom

Ellin (center) with Board President Tom Perry and Executive Director Antonia Adezio

If you’ve been a visitor to The Shop since it opened in 2020, you have almost certainly enjoyed the experience so much more because of Ellin Purdom’s deft touch. Ellin’s husband Ned joined the Center’s Board of Trustees in 2019, but Ellin’s own association here goes back even further. 

A Bay Area native, Ellin grew up in Piedmont and attended UC Berkeley, where she and Ned met. After they married, they moved to San Anselmo and raised two sons in Ned’s childhood home, which was designed by America’s first independent licensed female architect, Julia Morgan. 

Ellin took her boys to Pixie Park here on the grounds when they were little, and she served as president of Pixie Parents in the early 1990s. Those boys are grown now, and son Charlie has also lent his talents to the Center as a photographer and videographer. Ellin’s longstanding love of travel now takes her to Spain regularly to visit her older son’s family, including her first grandchild, who live on Mallorca.

You might find Ellin working at the Black Rabbit Trading Co. in San Anselmo, or at her daily Zumba class, but she earns the title of Volunteer Extraordinaire with us at The Shop. Always welcoming, sharing her enthusiasm for a new find with customers, or showing a vintage piece off to its best advantage in a display, Ellin brings a generous spirit to all that she does. And she does so much! We wouldn’t be able to keep The Shop running smoothly without her, so thank you, Ellin.

Would you like to volunteer with us? Whether you’re ready to get your hands dirty in the gardens, help out at fun public events like our Summer Concerts, or, like Ellin, add some sparkle in The Shop, we’ll be glad to have you. 

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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