The DBE is a charitable, non-political, non-sectarian, volunteer American society of women of proven British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry, naturalized British or British Commonwealth subjects or citizens, or the wives or partners of persons of proven British or Commonwealth birth or ancestry.  The Society was founded in the United States on March 15, 1909, as the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire in the U.S.A., and became the National Society Daughters of the British Empire in the USA., Inc. in 1920.  The National Society is incorporated in Delaware.

The primary objective of the DBE is to raise money for its District Homes, of which there are four across the United States.  The first Home was founded in the Eastern District.  The Victoria Home opened its doors in 1916 with a clear mission: to provide the elderly with the highest levels of personalized care and attention, and the most comfortable, nurturing environment, during the twilight years of their lives.  This mission spread and is being continued with the British Home in Illinois, Mountbatten House in Texas and in the British Home in California.

Most of our Chapters and State Societies also participate in philanthropic endeavors within their own community.  There are approximately 3000 members across 30 states who are professionals, businesswomen and homemakers with common interests and heritage. 

The DBE is affiliated with the Imperial Order, Daughters of the British Empire in Canada (I.O.D.E.); the Victoria League, London, England; the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in the USA, and the International Peace Garden.