Greg Cummings's fundraising career began in 1990 in London, England. A self taught professional, he has exploited every income stream available to charities, from shaking a bucket on the high street, to big gift campaigning in Silicon Valley, to fun-running in a hairy gorilla costume across Tower Bridge.
Greg's also familiar with the course an organization seeking social change must take, the obstacles it will likely encounter, and the singular set of ethics by which it must comply.
During his 17-year tenure as executive director of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, he raised millions of dollars from corporations, foundations, and individuals around the world. To ensure mountain gorillas survived, all that money was then invested in the communities adjacent to their habitats.
In the mid 1980s Greg studied creative writing at the University of Victoria. Thereafter he worked as a free-lance writer in South East Asia and the Horn of Africa, and as a bartender in London's Covent Garden. He has published two novels, 'Gorillaland' and 'Pirates'.
"To be so warmly welcomed by Vancouver Islanders," said Greg, "after such a long time away, and then given the opportunity to work for Providence Farm, possibly Cowichan Valley's best kept secret, is (if you'll pardon the pun) providential. I'm looking forward to getting their secret out."