Transforming Benefits Access

Each year, Benefits Data Trust applies tens of thousands of people for government programs using private sector strategies. Since inception, BDT has screened more than 930,000 households and secured over $7 billion in benefits and services that help individuals and families reach financial stability

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College Board chatbot 2020

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2020

Piloted a chatbot with College Board to help students nationwide complete the FAFSA

WIC access 2019

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2019

Conducted innovative outreach pilots in Massachusetts, Montana, and Virginia to help eligible pregnant women, infants, and children access WIC

SNAP expansion 2019

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2019

Supported policy expansion in Arkansas, Connecticut, and North Carolina to dramatically simplify the SNAP application process for eligible seniors

Benefits Launch Express pilot program 2019

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2019

Piloted Benefits Launch Express in Colorado and Pennsylvania so users can quickly find out what benefits they're eligible for and how to apply

Research by MIT Povery Lab shows BDT triples senior SNAP enrollment 2018

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2018

Research conducted by economists at the MIT Poverty Lab shows that BDT's targeted outreach and application assistance triples senior SNAP enrollment

BDT awarded $1M through Communities Thrive Challenge 2018

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2018

BDT received a $1 million Communities Thrive Challenge award from The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

SNAP recertification strategy in NY 2017

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2017

Partnered with NY DSS and Robin Hood to deploy a text and robo-call strategy to increase the likelihood of SNAP recertification and reduce the time it takes to finish the process

Research shows SNAP improves senior health outcomes 2017

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2017

Research conducted by BDT and leading academic institutions found that SNAP reduces a senior's admission to a hospital by 14% and a nursing home by 23%

Launched the Connecticut Enrollment Helpline 2017

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2017

Launched the Connecticut Enrollment Helpline

Launched Fast Track program 2016

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2016

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

Establish research partnerships 2015

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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

Assisted SC with SNAP medical deduction 2015

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2015

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

Launched the South Carolina Benefits Center 2015

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2015

Launched the South Carolina Benefits Center

Launched the Colorado Benefits Center 2015

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2015

Launched the Colorado Benefits Center

USDA confirms BDT enrollment model 2014

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2014

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

Launched the New York Benefits Center 2014

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2014

Launched the New York Benefits Center

Informed federal telephonic signature standards for SNAP 2013

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2013

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

Expanded the PA Benefits Center 2013

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2013

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

Launched the Maryland Benefits Center 2012

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2012

Launched the Maryland Benefits Center

BDT expands to help individuals of all ages 2011

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2011

Expanded to help individuals of all ages

Streamlined SNAP application and enrollment processes for seniors 2010

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2010

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

Launched BenePhilly Enrollment Center in Philadelphia 2008

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2008

Launched BenePhilly Enrollment Center in partnership with the City of Philadelphia

Implemented national campaign to get seniors enrolled in the Low Income Subsidy 2006

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2006

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

Launched the PACE Application Center in PA 2005

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2005

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

Benefits Data Trust was founded 2005

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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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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.

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.