We put people at the heart of our work to ensure access to vital assistance is efficient, equitable, and dignified for everyone.
BDT was founded in Philadelphia in 2005 by Warren Kantor. Warren experienced the complexities of accessing vital benefit programs when he helped his suddenly widowed mother apply for housing assistance. Later, he achieved success in the financial services sector and recognized that technology used to market to potential credit card customers could also be used to reach individuals eligible for public benefits.
Our Mission and Vision
Benefits Data Trust helps people live healthier, more independent lives by creating smarter ways to access essential benefits and services.
We envision a world where eligible people receive dignified and efficient assistance to pay for food, healthcare, and other critical needs. We envision lower healthcare costs, more efficient government, and people who are healthy, economically mobile, and thriving.
To learn more about our work, take a look at our take a look at our theory of change.
We create solutions.
We solve problems in a way that is efficient and effective. We overcome barriers to enrollment for clients, invest in staff development, and engage with partners to innovate.
We take ownership.
By recognizing both our strengths and areas for improvement, we hold ourselves accountable to our mission and each other to deliver the best service to clients.
We are relentless.
Our commitment to our clients, mission, and approach is unwavering. We tirelessly help our clients from start to finish, support one another to perform at our best, and push for policy that creates meaningful change.
We communicate openly.
We promote a straight-forward, transparent exchange of information and ideas to build trust with clients and collaborate internally, as well as with partners.
We practice empathy.
We challenge ourselves to view every interaction from all perspectives—for our clients and their daily struggles, our relationships as staff, and organizationally as we grow.
We foster diversity.
Our culture of inclusivity and equity is built on respect for our clients and their dignity, our staff and their experiences, and the communities we serve.
We choose quality.
To achieve our shared vision, clients, staff, and partners should receive superior service, professional support, and high levels of engagement.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Benefits Data Trust (BDT), we are committed to placing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the heart of our organization. We are working to ensure DEI reaches all corners of our operations and is embedded into our workplace culture, enabling all colleagues to be their authentic selves. DEI-focused principles influence how we forge relationships, engage our BDT colleagues, serve our clients, and use policy, data, and technology to create more equitable benefits systems.
Our commitment to modernizing public benefits systems advances DEI for society more generally by unlocking the power of benefits to tackle the health and economic disparities that impede us from achieving equity. We believe that food, healthcare, shelter, and other basic needs should be within everyone’s reach and that all people eligible for assistance should be served with dignity and ease.