Transforming Benefits Access

Each year, Benefits Data Trust applies tens of thousands of people for government programs using private sector strategies.  In 2015 alone, BDT helped vulnerable Americans access over $110 million in annual benefits and services that will allow individuals and families to reach financial stability.

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BDT works with government partners to simplify and change how people apply for benefits.

BDT collaborates with academic institutions to prove the positive outcomes and cost-savings achieved through increased access.

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2016

Designed and Launched "Fast Track" enrollment to dramatically simplify Medicaid enrollment in Pennsylvania

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2015

Established research partnerships with leading academic institutions to explore connections between benefits access, health outcomes, and healthcare costs among low-income seniors

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2015

Assisted South Carolina in design and implementation of SNAP Standard Medical Deduction

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2015

Launched the South Carolina Benefits Center

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2015

Launched the Colorado Benefits Center

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2014

USDA confirmed BDT enrollment model is effective and reduces administrative burden for states

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2014

Launched the New York Benefits Center

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2013

Informed federal telephonic signature standards for SNAP and modeled best practices for community-based organizations

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2013

Expanded the PA Benefits Center to help individuals access health insurance under the ACA

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2012

Launched the Maryland Benefits Center

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2011

Expanded to help individuals of all ages

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2010

Began tackling hunger through innovative USDA demonstration that streamlined SNAP application and enrollment processes for seniors

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2008

Launched BenePhilly Enrollment Center in partnership with the City of Philadelphia

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2006

Implemented national campaign to get seniors enrolled in the Low Income Subsidy in partnership with NCOA

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2005

Launched the PACE Application Center in partnership with the PA Department of Aging

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2005

Benefits Data Trust was founded by social entrepreneur, Warren Kantor

BDT Team

Benefits Data Trust recognizes the value of excellence. Talented and dedicated individuals committed to quality propel the organization to aspire and imagine a better way to support our clients. We pride ourselves on our ability to sharpen our skills, push outside of our comfort zone and continually innovate to transform the way benefits are delivered.

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Talented and Dedicated Individuals

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As one of the fastest growing non-profits in the region, BDT continually seeks talented individuals to help us meet our mission. If you think you have the skills, drive, and ability to help us help others, check out our open positions and apply. View Open Positions

BDT Backstory

BDT Founder

Our Founder

Warren Kantor

Over four decades ago, Warren Kantor sat down with his widowed mother and a lengthy application for a benefit program that could help her better afford her shelter expenses. Although Warren knew that his mother, who was struggling financially as a salesperson at Gimbels department store, was eligible for this valuable benefit, it seemed as though she might never receive it. The application forms were cumbersome, the requirements extensive, and the submission instructions unclear. For the next two decades, Warren continued to assist his mother with benefit applications such as these, taking the time to help her understand the process.

Warren later encountered great success in the financial services sector. He recognized that many of the strategies used to target and identify people eligible for credit cards could also be employed to identify individuals eligible for public benefits. In 2005, Warren founded Benefits Data Trust to pursue the mission of helping low-income individuals access the state and federal aid programs for which they are eligible.