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New database unites public information on charities in England & Wales

New database unites public information on charities in England & Wales

A , charity portal, CharityBase, has launched, providing public information on the activities, locations and finances of the 168,000 charities registered in and Wales.

A database, API and web platform, CharityBase is an aggregation of data services and other sources including names, locations, causes, , and size for all charities in England and Wales. Users can and filter the database and browse the results online or download them for analysis.

Key points:

  • CharityBase provides information on the activities, locations, finances, trustees & beneficiaries of 168,000 charities registered in England & Wales.
  • It is an aggregation of the Charity Commission’s four online services, supplemented with geographical and data from other sources.
  • Researchers can use the web platform to search, filter and download the database.
  • For web developers there is also an API that makes it easy to pull information from CharityBase into their own websites.
  • , grantmakers and philanthropists can also use the web platform to look up charities and carry out due diligence.
  • The project is entirely open source:
  • The next steps are to add more countries and build in functionality for charities to update their records online.

Creator Dan Kwiatkowski, who is a freelance data scientist and fellow of Newspeak House, said:

“I created CharityBase after realising there’s a lot of useful public data on charities out there but it’s not easily accessible.  The official data services are fragmented and I had many conversations with researchers, developers and donors who were all struggling to piece the information together.  Rather than everyone hacking their own solutions independently I want us to work together on a comprehensive service that makes the data accessible to everyone.”



Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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