2016 President's Letter
A Very Big Welcome! I’m so pleased you are reviewing the DBE website.
DBE is an American organization originally founded in 1909 as the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire in the USA, and reorganized in 1920 as The National Society of the DBE in the USA.
The mission of DBE is ‘Bringing together in friendship women of British and British Commonwealth ancestry or birth, for charitable purposes’, with our motto being ‘Not Ourselves, but the Cause’.
DBE members are a diverse group of ladies with British or Commonwealth ancestry or birth, or have husbands/partners/ancestors who are, or have, British or Commonwealth family backgrounds. Members hold a special camaraderie with each other and enjoy working together raising funds for ‘the Cause’.
DBE chapters plan and organize fundraising events each year that enable them to donate to four DBE established District Homes and a multitude of other 501(c)(3) organizations. DBE District Homes are in Ossining, New York; Brookfield, Illinois; Sierra Madre, California; and Houston, Texas; other 501(c)(3) organizations are within the communities of our established chapters and states.
I hope you enjoy our website, will contact us for additional information in your area, and consider joining our great philanthropic organization.