Direct Commitment Ratio

This measures Direct Expenses as a proportion of the total Project Budget.


We define Funders as anyone looking to contribute to impact focused projects through Maanch. Funders include Philanthropists, Impact Investors, Grant Makers and Businesses. Click here for more information on how we work with Funders.

Fundraising Timeline

This is the amount of time a project will be live on the platform. All projects have a fundraising timeline of six months.

Maanch Metrics

The Maanch Metrics are a consolidation and set of visualisations based on the Impact information provided during the Project Creation process. The reports that make up Maanch Metrics are the SDG Profile, Five Pillars Graph, Global and In Country Needs Intensity Meters, Topic vs. Scope breakdown, and financial calculations. For more, take a look at Our Metrics. Our Metrics

Needs Intensity

Needs intensity is a calculation of how great the need is for the intervention according to country data submitted to the UN around the 244 indicators for the SDGs. We show two meters on the platform, one which looks at needs intensity on a global scale, and one which looks at needs intensity within the context of the country where the project is taking place.

Payment Details

Payment details are taken so that we can efficiently facilitate the transactions between Funder and Receiver. We use Stripe as our payment gateway, and none of your payment details will be stored by Maanch.


Each Maanch user creates a Profile. For Receivers, this enables them to create projects and generate our Impact Metrics. For Funders this allows them to find and fund aligned causes, and track and monitor the impact of their funding through the platform.

Project Timeline

This is the amount of time that the funds raised will sustain the project. It can be anything up to five years after the end of the fundraising period of six months.

Project to Organisation Size Ratio

This measures Project Budget as a proportion of your total annual Income.

Total Project Budget

This is the amount required to sustain the project, any core organisational expenses allocated to support the project, and any fees on transactions

Project Topic

These are the topics Funders can choose to refine their search and Receivers use to begin the impact assessment process for their projects. The topics form the base of our algorithms to assess impact.

Project Actions

We have outlined various courses of action within each Project Scope category to gather more detail on how the project will achieve its aims.

  • Academic accreditation

    Providing academic education which results in accreditation for an individual / project / organisation

  • Apprenticeships / vocational training

    Providing vocational education or apprenticeships to an individual / project / organisation

  • Bringing new products or services to market

    Providing a channel through which products or services can be made available to individuals / communities / organisations

  • Building online campaigns

    Raising awareness through leveraging online channels

  • Building online communities

    Bringing people together around a topic / project online

  • Building partnerships & efficiencies

    Being the nexus point between key partners and processes to accelerate change

  • Building print campaigns

    Raising awareness through printed media, leaflets, promotions etc.

  • Building new infrastructure

    Creating and deploying new infrastructure projects

  • Creating / developing legislation

    Working with governments or regulators to contribute to new rules or laws for the benefit of your area of work

  • Creating efficiency or improving infrastructure

    Maximising the potential of current infrastructure systems to deliver a better solution for stakeholders

  • Data collection and analytics

    Collecting and analysing information with regards to your topic / area of work / stakeholders

  • Delivering technology or tech-based solutions

    Deploying technology based services for the benefit of your stakeholders / area of work.

  • Delivering workshops

    Bringing people together around your topic / stakeholders / areas of work in a workshop setting

  • Enabling access to goods, services, or infrastructure

    Providing a route for consumers or stakeholders to gain access to what they need in terms of goods, services, or infrastructure

  • Framework development

    Developing methodologies or approaches to tackle problems better / more efficiently

  • Frontline service delivery in person

    Delivering services to your stakeholders directly, in person

  • Frontline service delivery online

    Delivering services to your stakeholders remotely, online

  • Hosting events / conferences

    Bringing people together to better understand or connect around your area of interest / stakeholders

  • Informal education

    Providing education or training in a non-institutional context

  • Lobbying

    Seeking to influence the status or makeup of legislation or regulations in the context of your stakeholders / project / area of interest

  • Maintaining or restoring infrastructure

    Ensuring that infrastructure meets its original intended standard

  • Modelling and prototyping

    Simulating or testing new interventions to combat existing problems or challenges.

  • Organising forums & in person campaigns

    Raising awareness through in person campaigning or forums for discussion and learning

  • Providing basic goods or materials

    Providing goods or "things" to your stakeholders

  • Providing equipment to create efficiency

    Delivering goods in order to create an efficiency for your stakeholders / communities / areas of interest.

  • Regulating activities

    Ensuring compliance with guidelines, rules or laws with regards to your area of interest

  • Upskilling service providers

    Providing skills or development opportunities to improve the work of other service providers

Project Impact Geography

This is firstly the geographic scope of the project: Global, Regional, National, or Local. Secondly, Receivers can provide additional information on the country, region, and city/town/village where their activity will take place.

Project Intervention Type

We ask all projects to define what type of intervention they are carrying out: One-off, Recurring, Capacity Building, or Systems Change. We collect this to understand this project’s approach, and over time we will use this data to gain a deep understanding of the recipe for success in a given geography.

Project Outcome Indicators

These illustrate the expected outcomes of the project, both in the immediate and long term following the project taking place. These outcome indicators show what the organisation intends to measure, and what they assume will happen to that measurement following the intervention.

Project Reference Number

Our unique reference number for correspondence around a given project listing on our site. We use this to identify projects quickly if Funders or Receivers want more information from us about any listing.

Project Scope

Scope details the high level activity category of a project. We have devised ten categories which are used as filters for Funders, and categories for Receivers to allocate to a project according to the project’s theory of change. These are:

  • Advocacy

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve influencing policies and regulations.

  • Catalysing

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve incubating ideas or organisations and launching them into the market.

  • Convening

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve the organisation of conferences or networks.

  • Provide Goods

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve the supply of goods or products.

  • Provide Infrastructure

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve transportation, energy, physical spaces or structures, telecoms, waste or water management.

  • Provide Services

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve the supply of services or programmes.

  • R&D

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve academic or corporate research.

  • Raise Awareness

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve the provision of information by print, TV, radio or online.

  • Training

    This category relates to projects which partly or wholly involve education, either academic or vocational.

  • Other

    This category is used for projects which are partly or wholly outside the remit of the previous nine categories.


At Maanch we invite organisations to adopt a project driven approach to funding. These projects are defined by the Receivers and have defined budgets, parameters and timelines so that we can accurately compute the impact.


We define Receivers as anyone who is eligible to raise funds for their impact focused project through Maanch. Receivers include Charities, NGOs, Social Enterprises and Social Impact Businesses. Click here for more information on how we work with Receivers.

Receiver Profile Strength

As an organisation committed to transparency, profile strength is linked to the level of detail provided by Receivers about their organisation. The stronger a Receiver Profile, the higher it will rank in search results when filters are applied.

Transaction History

For both Funders and Receivers, we show a Transaction History which catalogs either the funds you have released through the platform, or the funds received through the platform.