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 one million households and secured over $7.5 billion in benefits and services that help individuals and families reach financial stability

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2020

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

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2019

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

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2019

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

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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

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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

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2018

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

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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

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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%

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2017

Launched the Connecticut Enrollment Helpline

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2016

Partnered with PA DHS to launch Fast Track in Pennsylvania to streamline Medicaid enrollment

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2015

Helped South Carolina design and implement the 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 Pennsylvania Benefits Center to help people access health insurance under the ACA

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2012

Launched the Maryland Benefits Center

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2010

Participated in innovative USDA demonstration that streamlined the SNAP application and enrollment processes for seniors

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2008

Launched BenePhilly to provide comprehensive application assistance to low-income seniors in Philadelphia over the phone

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2006

Implemented national campaign to help seniors with Medicare pay for prescription drugs

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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 is founded by 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. 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.