Ruth Gripper


Ruth is a senior consultant, advising charities and funders to help them understand, measure and communicate their impact. She co-authored What makes a good charity? NPC’s  guide to charity analysis, and Global innovations in measurement and evaluation.

Since joining NPC three years ago, Ruth has worked with charities both large and small, on strategy development, theory of change and impact measurement. She has been involved in our work with funders, supporting individual philanthropists to find and support effective charities. Ruth currently leads our work on the Transition Advice Fund, a collaboration between NPC and four well-known trusts and foundations. She was previously part of the team supporting the Stone Family Foundation, managing grants in their water and sanitation programme.

Ruth’s background is in policy and stakeholder engagement, and she has a particular interest in campaigning. She joined NPC from Community Action Norfolk, where she led on policy and member engagement. Prior to that she led stakeholder relations at the NHS Confederation and worked as parliamentary researcher for the health minister Norman Lamb MP.

Why I work at NPC

I love the diversity, energy and passion of the charity sector—and at NPC I get to work with charities in a whole range of different fields to help them understand and measure their impact.

A snapshot of my work at NPC


Transition Advice Fund position paper

People not problems: Asset-based approaches in the charity sector

NPC’s evidence for the Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Global innovations in measurement and evaluation

Valuing data: How to use it in your grant-making


Unsettling funding—The Transition Advice Fund

Passion and evidence go hand in hand

5 ways data can improve your grant-making

So…what actually makes a ‘good’ charity?

Rethinking the frontline: Why infrastructure support matters