Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

aka PATF   |   KING OF PRUSSIA, PA   |  www.patf.us

Mission

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology foundation (PATF) provides education and financing opportunities and advocates for people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians, helping them to acquire assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives.

Ruling year info

1998

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Susan Tachau

Lending and Operations Director

Ms. Tracy Beck

Main address

1004 W 9TH AVE 1st Floor

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA 19406 USA

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EIN

23-2953796

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation provides low-cost financing so that people with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians and their families can buy the assistive technology devices they need. AT makes it possible for someone to go to work, live in their own home, and participate in the community. Examples include: ramps into homes, hearing aids, wheelchairs, adapted vehicles, etc. However, although these devices are important for living independently and safely, most are purchased with private funds--they are paid for out of pocket. This is because there are gaps in government funding, programmatic eligibility requirements, co-pays, and long waiting lists for services. PATF was founded to address these gaps. As PATF's programs have grown, credit-building components have been incorporated so that borrowers can build positive credit and, therefore, have greater opportunities to enter the mainstream financial community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

No-interest Mini-Loans and Low-Interest Loans

Mini-Loans have loan amounts between $100-$7,000, and have no fees, and no interest. These are great credit-building loans -- repayments are reported to the three major credit bureaus. Low-Interest Loan amounts are between $7,000 and $60,000, and have a fixed interest rate of 3.75% with repayment terms based on the useful life of the device. PATF assists the borrower with the application, provides financial education, and loan monitoring. PATF also provides rescue payments should the borrower encounter an unforeseen circumstance or hardship.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people provided assistive technology

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers represent the total unduplicated number of people with disabilities that PATF serves through its development services or through one of its financial products.

Number of loans issued to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Age groups, People with diseases and illnesses, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of borrowers across all financial products (mini-loan, traditional low-interest loan, and low-interest loan with a guarantee).

Total dollar amount of loans issued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total dollars extended across all financial products (mini-Loans, traditional low-interest loans, and low-interest loans with guarantees), & in conjunction with 3 partner banks.

Number of microloan borrowers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

PATF's microloan program is its credit-building, 0% interest Mini-Loan program, extended to beneficiaries for assistive technology devices or services that cost between $100 and $7,000.

Average income of borrowers (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average income of borrowers across all financial products (mini-loan, traditional low-interest loan, and low-interest loan with guarantee.

Amount of loan guarantees (in dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, People with diseases and illnesses, Social and economic status

Related Program

No-interest Mini-Loans and Low-Interest Loans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These low-interest loans are for assistive technology costing $2,000-$35,000. The loans are underwritten and guaranteed by PATF. but are actually made through PATF’s three partner banks.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

PATF's overall program goal is to be the preferred agency for people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians for financing assistive technology devices and services. PATF will expand financial education opportunities for people with disabilities, their families, and their allies.

PATF's overall infrastructure goal is to ensure that the organization has the supports and infrastructure in place to effectively and efficiently carry out its mission.

PATF's overall development/fundraising goal is to be a financially sustainable organization.

PATF will build advocacy as an equal PATF pillar for consumers, provider agencies, funders, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

In order to achieve its program goal, PATF will:

Expand the numbers of Mini-Loans and Low-interest loans extended for assistive technology (AT); educate individuals with disabilities, their families, and others on possible funding resources for AT; ensure that its brand, including its organizational name, will reflect its mission and programming; continue to implement marketing and outreach strategies so that an ever-increasing number of Pennsylvanians with disabilities, families, older individuals, advocates, vendors, providers, and others know about PATF and understand its programs; and create and disseminate up-to-date, comprehensive financial education information for people with disabilities and their families.

In order to achieve its infrastructure goal, PATF will:

Maintain an enthusiastic, engaged, and knowledgeable Board of Directors who effectively provide PATF with direction and advice; maintain quality staff and provide supports, as needed; and maintain adequate supports (including what is needed to work remotely.)

PATF is a financially-sound organization, audited by an independent agency whose findings are available upon request (above).

PATF has an enthusiastic, engaged, and knowledgeable Board of Directors who effectively provide PATF with direction and advice. Board committees include: Executive, Finance, Program, Applications, Public Relations & Marketing, and Governance.

PATF maintains a staff of thirteen quality FTE employees, including three full-time underwriters; a CEO; a Lending & Operations Director; a Strategic Initiatives Director, a Financial Manager I and II; a Communications Director; a Development Manager, an Outreach Director, an Information and Assistance specialist, an Information and Assistance Specialist and Office Manager, and a part-time administrative assistant. PATF also contracts with several consultants. In addition, in order to have a statewide presence, PATF maintains a network of funding assistance coordinators (FACs), who perform outreach for PATF in different parts of the state.

PATF is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), certified by the U.S. Treasury. As such, it is able to draw on the advice and expertise of other CDFI's across the nation.

Finally PATF has a well-maintained office in King of Prussia, PA and a robust online presence at www.patf.us on the web and in various social media platforms. PATF has also created and manages a financial education website (https://www.StudyMoney.us) and a website that provides information about smart home devices for individuals with disabilities and older adults (www.SmartHomesMadeSimple.org).

In FY 2021 PATF had a number of accomplishments:

1. Published the second edition of "Funding Your Assistive Technology: A Guide to Funding Resources (English and Spanish).
2. Launched the redesigned https://www.StudyMoney.us.
3. Created a financial education webinar series (10), Money Talks.
4. Helped more than 15,506 people and organizations with Information and Assistance services.
5. Extended more than $44 million (total) in low-interest or no-interest loans. PATF booked $1.8 million in FY 21.
6. Helped more than 4,400 Pennsylvanians (total) with loans so they can purchase the assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives. PATF helped 307 Pennsylvanians with loans in FY 21.
7. Wrote and published Smart Homes Made Simple: Your Guide to Smart Home Technology (English and Spanish) and launched a companion website, www.SmartHomesMadeSimple.org.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People with disabilities, older Pennsylvanians, and family members. This year, we also interviewed 25 people who represented borrowers, applicants, community members, organizational partners (membership non-profits and provider agencies) and government officials.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently realized that we needed to increase outreach to organizations that serve primarily Latino services across Pennsylvania because, compared to the population of Spanish-speaking individuals living in Pennsylvania (7%), our numbers indicated that we were only serving 3%. We therefore translated our materials into Spanish (such as our loan application, FAQs, and publications) and increased our outreach efforts. We also have two native Spanish-speaker on staff.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are committed to translating all materials into Spanish as well as in English. We are also committed to developing authentic relationships.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Because of the nature of our program (lending), the questions regarding race, ethnicity are optional,

Financials

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Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

Board of directors
as of 04/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Nancy Murray

The Arc of Greater Pittsburg

Term: 2020 - 2023

Pete Kennedy

Vice President, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (retired)

MaryLou Knabel

Allied Services (retired)

Christine McGinley

UBS Financial Services

Derek Baker, Esq.

Reed Smith, LLP

Tracey Baker

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jeffrey Cooper

Retired Colonel USAF and Ret. CEO UCP Central PA

Sybille Damas

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

David Gates, Esq.

PA Health Law Project

Theresa Jenkinson

Inglis

Katherine Reim

ACHIEVA Family Trust

Matthew Seeley, Esq.

PA Statewide Independent Living Council

Dale Verchick

Disability Rights PA

Melissa Rooney

R.N. Community Health Choices Consultant

Josie Badger

Consultant (Disability + Advocacy)

Mitch Bilker

Comptroller, Chestnut Hill College

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/20/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/20/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.