Human Services

Benefits Data Trust

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • www.bdtrust.org

Mission Statement

Benefits Data Trust is a national not-for-profit organization committed to transforming how people in need access public benefits.  Using private sector strategies, BDT transforms how benefits are delivered and how individuals in need access public benefits. BDT believes ALL individuals and families across the country should be able to secure the benefits and services that enable them to meet their basic needs. In its effort to help people gain financial stability, BDT provides comprehensive, application assistance to eligible individuals, collaborates with diverse, cross-sector partners to simplify the benefits access landscape, works with research partners to identify improved outcomes associated with benefit programs and influences policy to ensure that benefits access is simple, comprehensive and cost-effective.

Main Programs

  1. BenePhilly Enrollment Center
  2. PACE Application Center
  3. Maryland Benefits Center
  4. South Carolina Benefits Center
  5. Colorado Benefits Center
  6. Pennsylvania Benefits Center
  7. New York Benefits Center
  8. Fast Track Application Center
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

BDT is a national not-for profit with active projects to provide comprehensive benefits assistance in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

ruling year

2006

President

Self-reported

Ginger Zielinskie

Keywords

Self-reported

benefits, SNAP, LIHEAP, SPAP, application assistance, seniors, low-income, food stamps, medicare, medicaid,

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EIN

20-3455598

 Number

3619846812

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Single Organization Support (W11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since it's inception in 2005 Benefits Data Trust has enrolled over half a million Americans in benefits amounting to over five billion dollars. On average, BDT increases household income by 12%, or $2,400 per year for a household with an income of $20,000. BDT has an average enrollment rate of 80%, with a high of 95% for some benefit programs. In April 2014, Mathematica Policy Research reported that with streamlined options, the BDT Model saves government caseworkers 30 minutes per SNAP case. Because BDT submits an average of 28,000 SNAP applications per year, this can result in significant savings for government agencies.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

BenePhilly Enrollment Center

The BenePhilly Enrollment Center connects Philadelphians with benefits including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, MSP, PA Prescription Assistance Program (PACE/PACENET), Medicare Extra Help, LIHEAP, Homestead Exemption, TANF, Property Tax/Rent Rebate and more.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

PACE Application Center

Since 2007, BDT has partnered with the PA Department of Aging to identify and apply older Pennsylvanians for the state pharmaceutical assistance program (PACE/PACENET) and/or Medicare Extra Help (LIS).

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 3

Maryland Benefits Center

Established in 2012, the MD Benefits Center provides comprehensive benefits outreach and application assistance to help seniors apply for benefit programs that help them afford food, shelter, healthcare, and prescriptions. It also assists Marylanders in applying for the Food Supplement Program.

Assistance with Food Supplement Program (FSP) is available to individuals of all ages statewide. Additional benefits support is available to seniors 50+.

Benefits Supported
Food Supplement Program (FSP), Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP), Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP), Medicare Extra Help, Medicare Savings Program, Medicaid.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 4

South Carolina Benefits Center

​In April 2015, through a national funding opportunity, South Carolina was selected to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) among low-income seniors.

Using a proven model of data-driven outreach and enrollment assistance, the SC Benefits Center and South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) conduct outreach and provide application assistance for vulnerable seniors throughout the state, who are likely eligible for but not enrolled in SNAP.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 5

Colorado Benefits Center

In 2015, through a national funding opportunity, Colorado was selected to increase participation in the state Food Assistance program among low-income seniors.

In partnership with Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and Hunger Free Colorado(HFC) the Colorado Benefits Center uses a proven model of data-driven outreach and enrollment assistance to conduct outreach and provide application assistance for vulnerable seniors in the Denver metro area, who are likely eligible for but not enrolled in Food Assistance.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 6

Pennsylvania Benefits Center

The PA Benefits Center works to help low-income individuals across the Commonwealth access the benefits and services for which they are eligible.

BDT provides support for a wide variety of benefits designed to provide financial stability for seniors and families. Major initiatives that fall under the auspices of the PA Benefits Center are: The PACE Application Center, The Unemployment Compensation Project, and the Medicaid Initiative.

Pennsylvania Benefits Supported: SNAP, PACE/PACENET, LIS, LIHEAP, MSP, Medicaid, PTRR

Philadelphia Benefits Supported: SNAP, PACE/PACENET, LIS, LIHEAP, MSP, Medicaid, PTRR, CHIP, TANF, and other city benefit programs

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 7

New York Benefits Center

In 2014, BDT established the New York Benefits Center to identify and enroll eligible older New York City residents in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).

Benefits Supported
SNAP, SCRIE, LIS, LIHEAP, MSP, Medicaid

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 8

Fast Track Application Center

The goal of the Fast Track Program is to increase access to affordable healthcare by enrolling likely eligible individuals into Medicaid (PA Health Choices).

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Average number of service recipients per month

Target Population
Aging, elderly, senior citizens, Families, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Each year BDT submits over 70,000 benefit applications

2. Percentage increase in household income

Target Population
Aging, elderly, senior citizens, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
On average, BDT increases household income by 12%, or $2,400 per year for a household with an income of $20,000.

3. Average enrollment rate for BDT Benefits Centers

Target Population
Aging, elderly, senior citizens, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
BDT has an average enrollment rate of 80%, with a high of 95% for some benefit programs.

4. Monthly benefit amount accured through outreach centers

Target Population
Aging, elderly, senior citizens, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The long term goal of BDT is to make benefits access simple, comprehensive and cost-effective by 2025. To achieve this, BDT will work towards the following:

    - Increasing BDT service delivery to 10 states nationwide
    - Submit 150,000 benefit applications per year
    - Continue to demonstrate positive outcomes associated with increased access
    - Increase the number of benefits provided within existing states
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    BDT will maintain and strengthen current programs and partners, engage with key stakeholders to scale impact, build the BDT infrastructure and experiment with technology, contact center strategies and data driven outreach.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    BDT has engaged in key partnerships to support these ventures and employs a cost-effective outreach model.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The BDT methodology is results-oriented and outcomes driven. Consistent evaluation ensures project effectiveness and equips BDT to build actionable insights, achieve optimal outcomes, and scale growth.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    To date, BDT has expanded efforts into new geographies and populations, engaged in outcomes-focused research to identify positive outcomes associated with increased access, established the organization as a social change agent and thought leader in the benefits access sector and submitted over half a million benefit applications. However, many more individuals across the nation are eligible but not enrolled in all qualifying public assistance programs. As such BDT must continue it's work to aid these individuals.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

BDT is a national not-for profit with active projects to provide comprehensive benefits assistance in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

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Financials

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BENEFITS DATA TRUST
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Benefits Data Trust

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President

Ginger Zielinskie

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Warren Kantor

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