Mission: Benefits Data Trust envisions a health and human services system that proactively connects individuals and families to all the supports they need to reach economic stability. When services are well coordinated across sectors people are healthier and more economically secure; the ...
Who we are
Benefits Data Trust is a not-for-profit social change organization committed to transforming how individuals in need access public benefits and services. By 2025, accessing benefits will be simple, comprehensive and cost effective.
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.
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 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 take Ownership
By recognizing both our strengths and areas for improvement, we hold ourselves accountable to our mission and each other in order 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 choose Quality
To achieve our shared vision, clients, staff, and partners should receive superior service, professional support, and high levels of engagement.
Join the dedicated, experienced, and supportive staff at Benefits Data Trust (BDT). Our team constitutes a variety of backgrounds, but we share a common purpose: to transform how people in need access public benefits.
Our commitment to each person we help stems from working in a rewarding atmosphere. We expect our employees - all of whom are thoroughly trained in public benefits and their applications - to master a model that has proven successful, while also presenting ideas, suggestions, and feedback that will help us sustain that success.
At BDT, you will find coworkers willing to coach you through challenges and directors looking to explore and capitalize upon your areas of interest and expertise. We strive to create an environment that allows employees to maximize their potential, and we currently seek qualified candidates who will help us exceed our own.
The BDT Model
The BDT model seeks to improve the efficiency of benefits enrollment for low-income people by using data-driven strategies and a person-centered approach to target and streamline the outreach and application assistance process. The model relies on six major program components. Below, please see a description of the six program components and the proposed action steps BDT takes in order to implement a successful outreach and enrollment program.
I have been working at Benefits Data Trust full-time
Everyone is passionate about the mission of the organization and works really hard, which is great motivation. The organization is growing - lots of opportunity to develop professionally.
No major cons - again, everyone works really hard, but it's a great job for anyone motivated and inspired by the mission.
Advice to Management
As the organization grows, please keep seeking ways to motivate and keep morale high. Provide plenty of updates to the entire staff.
I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at Benefits Data Trust (Philadelphia, PA).
I had a telephone interview and was then asked to come in for an in person interview. The interview lasted about an hour. I got to sit with someone while they took calls to see what exactly I'd be doing.