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Armed forces charities interactive database

Welcome to DSC’s Interactive Database of Armed Forces Charities

This resource provides the most up-to date overview of the Armed Forces charities sector, putting independent, interactive data at your fingertips!

The Interactive Database is no longer funded by FiMT and is therefore no longer updated monthly. DSC is currently seeking a new funding partnership to continue producing this unique evidence for the sector.

What is the interactive database? 

Using the interface above, you can now explore the data and answer your questions on the armed forces charity sector. 

You can create bespoke visuals, tailored to your needs and interests, using the filtering and drill-down tools – in just a few clicks! 

What does it cover? 

The interactive database includes information on the following key areas of interest: 

  • How many? Number and charities and their characteristics  
  • How much? A breakdown of income and expenditure 
  • How are income and expenditure distributed? Income and expenditure by subgroups  
  • How is the sector changing? Opened and closed charities this year 

How do I use the interactive database? 

The interactive database is simple to use, but the following tips and tricks might help you get started: 

  • Click the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner to expand the interface to full screen. 
  • Navigate between pages using the buttons in the bottom corners of each page – or using the interactive contents. 
  • Hover over the question-mark icon on the charts to see definitions of the concepts used. 
  • Use the control panel at the bottom of each page to apply one or more filters to the data. 
  • Click on the help icon on any page for a short guide on how to interact with and build the charts.  

Frequently asked questions 

Q: How often is the underlying data updated? 

A: Since DSC’s funding from FiMT ended in March 2024, the database is no longer updated each month with data collected on the last working day of the previous month. The date of most recent update was 1 March 2024. 

Q: Where does the data come from?

A: DSC maintains a database of charities which meet our definition of an Armed Forces charity. Information on these charities comes from the Charity Commission for England and Wales (CCEW), the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI), and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The database therefore contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Q: How do I cite the interactive database?

A: To reference this resource please use the following citation: ‘Armed Forces charities interactive database’ [web page], DSC, 2024,, accessed [Date].

Q: Who can I contact to provide feedback on the interactive database?

A: We welcome all feedback on the Armed Forces charities interactive database, including general comments, feedback on functionality, and suggestions for further content you’d like to see added. Please contact the research team at [email protected].