Dr. Ralph Plumb


A senior executive with significant professional experience in organizational effectiveness, strategic formation and resource generation. Highly creative in sourcing financial, human and intellectual capital. Developed an extensive global network through work, projects and initiatives in 100 countries.


Principal and Senior Advisor 2005-present  https://.drralphplumb.com                                                                                  

Provide counsel to senior officers of businesses and charitable organizations in financial, human and intellectual capital development, organizational effectiveness.

 A representative sample of clients and affiliations:

Serve as a certified consultant in Strategic Futuring™, a vision-based planning process

Launched and funded a domestic violence shelter. Provided counsel to deepen their financial base and brand recognition.  Established a global gifts-in-kind policy.

Supported the Board and CEO of this public charter school system with direct engagement in their We Climb Capital Campaign to raise $7 million to build a new K-8 Value School.

Generated corporate in-kind resources for their Youth Workforce Training Center which supports Work Force Development and training. 

  • Lorma Medical Center (San Fernando, La Union, Philippines) http://lorma.org
    Secured $1.5 M U.S. State Department grant for Lorma bio-techs to train Ugandan Ministry of Health staff on laboratory safety & HIV protocols. Serve as a Trustee on the Lorma Community Development Foundation.
  •  Lutheran Social Services Foundation (Southern California)  http://lsscommunitycare.org                          Secured Dept of Education grants for students in two Sweetwater Union High Schools. Generated financial support for over 50 programs including case management, prescription assistance, child abuse prevention, aging / palliative care and housing.
  •  Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, California)  https://.westernu.edu

In conjunction with James Reynolds, DVM, MPVM, completed proof of concept validation and field testing on a mobile veterinary diagnostic laboratory. This unit allows mobility for easy field access and immediate diagnosis for bovine and other herd animals.

Created a comprehensive development plan which included: major donor development, corporate partnerships, grants and community relations.  Guided 5-person development team. $5.2M raised from private and public sources.

Developed a globalization strategy to: 1. Increase the number and diversity of international students; 2. Establish partnerships with various multi-national institutions, and 3. Advance alternative learning and distance learning academic options.

Union Rescue Mission  2001-2005 (Los Angeles, California)  https://urm.org                                                                          

President and CEO                                        

Provided strategic leadership for this 130-year old skid row mission serving the indigent poor and chronically homeless. URM offers a full range of social services including: emergency food and shelter, substance abuse and recovery programs, case management for men and women, transitional housing and work force development.  Partnerships are in place with the UCLA School of Nursing, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education & Psychology.  Launched a $30 million capital campaign to build a transitional living facility for women called Hope Gardens. 


International Aid Inc.  1990-2000 (Spring Lake, Michigan) https://internationalaid.org                                                      

President and CEO         

Lead what became a $90 million per year health and humanitarian agency with a global workforce of 2,000 volunteers and employees serving the poor and disenfranchised through emergency relief and sustainable development programs. IAI equipped tertiary health facilities, launched primary health initiatives and mobile medical teams, ophthalmology, bio-tech support & laboratory services. Completed a $5 million capital campaign which added a 25,000 sq ft operations center / office complex to the existing 100,000 relief warehouse and bio-medical facility.


Doctorate (degree)                             Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, CA

Master of Divinity (degree)                 Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA                          

Bachelor of Arts (degree)                   Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

*Multiple Post-Doctorate, continuing education and specialized training courses

Taught at a Master degree level during different time frames:

  • University of Southern California (Marshall School of Business) in social entrepreneurship
  • Azusa Pacific University (O.I. Program) Current Issues in Leadership


Career Highlights


Total Resources Raised                                                 $2.3 billion+ (both cash and in-kind)

Sample Individual Gift (women’s shelter)                    $1 million

Sample Planned Gift (endowment)                              $2.5 million

Sample Grant (youth services)                                     $4.8 million

Capital Campaigns (4)                                                   $5 M, $10 M, $30 M, $7 M

Direct Response (print & digital)                                   $100+ million

Agency relationships: Russ Reid, Masterworks, J. Walter Thompson, Timothy Group, Fireworx Digital, The Garrett Group, Grizzard

Social Media, Facebook campaigns, Google Adwords-Analytics-Tag Manager, Crowd Funding, creative digital services incl. PPC, SEO, CRM, Instagram, Twitter, Mobile display & click to call), etc.

Grants Received (Representative Sample)


Public Agencies – Dept. of State, Dept. of Education, USAID, Dept. of Health & Human Services, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, Dept. of Defense, LAHSA, Americorps, Corp. for National & Community Service, State of California, Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles, Continuum of Care (HUD), Cal OES Grant for Domestic Violence

Private Foundations – Annenberg, W. M. Keck, Weingart, W.K. Kellogg, Conrad N. Hilton, Wm. R. Hearst, California Wellness, California Community, Kaiser, Ralph Parsons, Ahmanson, Crail Johnson, Boeing, J. Gumbiner, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Livingston, S. Mark Taper, Irvine Health, Gary & Mary West Foundation, multiple community foundations

Corporate Donors (Representative Sample)

  • Abbott
  • Amway
  • Anglo American
  • Atlantic Richfield (ARCO)
  • Bank of America
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Cardinal Health
  • Costco
  • Fox Film Studios
  • E. Health
  • Gerber
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Home Depot
  • IBM
  • JC Penney
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kellogg
  • KPMG
  • Mercy General Health Partners
  • Merz Pharmaceuticals
  • Mimi’s Café
  • Nestle
  • Nutrilite
  • Pepsico
  • Perrigo
  • Pfizer
  • Pizza Hut
  • Purdue Pharm
  • Puritan Bakery
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Schering-Plough
  • Sempra Energy
  • Spectrum Health
  • Subway
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Toyota
  • Union Bank
  • United Hospital Supply
  • Upjohn
  • Verizon
  • Wal Mart
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Warner Brothers
  • Welch Allyn
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wyeth

                                             **(Quite a few more)


Publication / Media Outlet

Book, Article or Interview Title

Book: An Undivided Heart 

Growing closer to living and loving like Jesus (2022)

Book: All Who Wander 

Publisher: Illumify Media, Sole Author, Rediscover God’s purpose on your journey (2021)

Book: My Mother, Your Mama

Publisher: Westbow Press – Co-authored; Stories of caring for aging parents (2017)

Book: The Role of Mercy Ministry . .

Publisher: University of Michigan — Sole author; On God’s call to live mercifully

Book: When God Doesn’t Make Sense

Publisher: Tyndale House — Contributing author to James Dobson- When we suffer

Book: When Did I See You Hungry

Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press — Contributing author; On homelessness

Book: The Co Mission

Publisher: Moody Press — Contributing author; On ministry in the former USSR

Downtown News

On the Move

Los Angeles Times

Good Turns: A Global Ministry of Mercy Leads to Skid Row

Tulsa World

ORU Alumnus Named Chief of Massive Urban Mission

Grand Rapids, MI

People of the Faith

Los Angeles Business Journal

Commentary: Spending Habits in Challenged Economy

Excellence Magazine

Plumb Serves the Homeless

Theology, News and Notes

The View from Street Level

Fuller Focus Magazine

To Rescue the Perishing

Hudson Valley Business Journal

Think of Charitable Giving as Gift For Your Company

Inland Empire- Business Journal

Tips for Business Giving

Rochester Business Journal

Firms Can Reap Benefits by Giving To Non-Profits

Treasure Coast Business Journal/FL

Giving Can Yield Big Dividends But Plan – Take Careful Steps

National Business Association

Tips for Business Giving

Woodland Hills Daily NewsNalley Edition

Home In On Homeless- L.A. Must Finally Find a Fair Solution

Silver Lake Press

It Is Time For The City To Commit To Working on a Comp. Solution To Homelessnest

Los Angeles Business Journal

Working Poor, Service Agencies Stagger Along With Economy

USA Today

Homelessness Grows as More Live Check-to-Check

New York Times

Bob Herbert: No Work, No Homes

Detroit News & Free Press

Faces of the Homeless Change

Asbury Park (NJ) Press

Homeless Ranks Swell, and They Are Us

Lifestyle – Palisadian-Post

Homelessness: Why Should You Care?

Concept Paper & Proposal

Social Enterprise for Social Impact

GNI Global Strategy Conf, Seoul Korea

U.S. Trends in Resource Development (2017)  Not So Homeless

Fortune Small Business Magazine




Good Day LA

Sharon Osborne Show TV

Segment from USA Today

The James Cooley Show


KRLA Radio

Dennis Prager Show 

KNX News Radio


KPPC Radio


K-Earth Radio


K-Mozart Radio


60 Minutes II TV

Interview with Dan Rather

Health & Human Services SAMHSA Conference

Guest Speaker -21$t Century Solutions to Poverty

White House Faith Based & Community Initiatives Office Conference — L.A.

Panel Presenter — Successful Partnerships

Assoc. Of Christian Health Care Organizations- San Fernando Philippines

Plenary Speaker

Grand Haven (MI) High School

Commencement Address

SAMPLE OF Clients Served

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