Administered and funded by the Internet Society since 2014, the goal is for MANRS to establish its own community and governance structure. Toward that goal, the community formed the MANRS Advisory Group in early 2020 to provide oversight of the MANRS application and auditing processes, to enhance the MANRS Actions by developing ongoing conformance criteria, and to participate in the selection of the MANRS Ambassadors and Fellows. The Advisory Group has transitioned to a Steering Committee comprised of individuals elected by the MANRS community.

MANRS Community Charter provides guiding principles for the future governance of the initiative.