Gretta Wark

Gretta Wark, Senior Director of Philanthropy

Gretta WarkGretta works closely with her team to set annual fundraising goals and plan activities to achieve them. She also works with other members of the senior management team to set policies for the organization and plan for other broad needs. Her work at NRCM follows more than two decades in nonprofit work, including almost ten years as head of the development department at the San Francisco Food Bank. Gretta is a native of Caribou, Maine, and a graduate of Bowdoin College. She lives in Bath, where she is active in political and animal causes.

Dog or Cat Person? Cat person, though I always welcome dog visitors to my home or office.

“Get outside and blow the stink off you.”  —My mother, who was not an author, but who spent every Saturday of her childhood outdoors and had little tolerance for her children’s love of Saturday morning cartoons.


The Summer Day
  by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean–
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down —
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

Why I Do This Work

"I love Maine. Simple as that."