Benefits Data Trust

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Ginger Zielinskie
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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 2005
Industry: Nonprofit

Benefits Data Trust

Ginger Zielinskie
President

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) operates benefits access centers in six states, connecting individuals, seniors and families with benefits and support services they might now know about. “As a result, more than 323,000 seniors can better afford medicine and healthcare, 83,000 more families can pay for groceries and 15,000 homes have been saved,” says president Ginger Zielinskie. “These efforts help build stronger, healthier communities, while generating an estimated $12 billion in economic activity.” In addition, BDT works not just to improve lives, but also to improve a system that is “riddled with inefficiencies.” Through its work and its partnerships, BDT has helped make application processes faster and more cost-effective.

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In its earlier years, BDT concentrated its efforts on service delivery and short-term outcomes. Now, says Zielinskie, the nonprofit is turning its attention to creating a long-term, lasting impact beyond the individual level. The organization is focusing on one primary question: “What does benefits access mean to individuals, systems and the wider community?” To answer this, BDT is looking to create innovative partnerships with the financial services sector and the healthcare sector.