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Important Milestones from 2014

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

2014 was an exceptional year for Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT). We are pleased to share the following:

  • The growth of new clients continued with 1,121 beneficiaries served.
  • Funded trusts under management increased to $38 Million. Note: The majority of Third-Party Special Needs Trusts are part of the Grantors’ estate plans and are not yet funded.
  • The national growth of the organization continued as evidenced by participants in 30 states.
  • Since the inception of our Charitable Fund Award program, more than $173,000 has been awarded in grants to individuals with disabilities who demonstrate financial need.

To read CCT’s 2014 Year in Review, click here.

CCT is committed to fulfilling our mission of providing people with disabilities and their families a convenient, cost-effective framework for the administration of both third-party and self-funded pooled Special Needs Trusts that supplement Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.   We strive to educate families, people with disabilities, and professionals about the benefits of special needs trusts.

Our top priorities continue to be working closely with clients and professionals in setting up special needs trusts along with providing responsive trust administration services for our Beneficiaries and their Advocates.

Joanne Marcus, MSW
Executive Director
Commonwealth Community Trust

CCT Now Accepting Applications for our Charitable Fund Award program

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

CCT Announces 2014 Charitable Fund Award

Benefits Virginia Residents Living with a Disability

Do you work for a public agency or nonprofit organization that serves individuals with disabilities? If you have clients who live in Virginia whose quality of life could be improved if they had access to additional funds, please consider applying for a Charitable Fund Award on their behalf.

The Charitable Fund Award, a program of CCT, provides individuals with disabilities* who demonstrate a financial need with funds to be used for equipment, medication, or services.

Examples of past awards include (but are not limited to) funding for eyeglasses, dental work, assistive technology, therapies, medical supplies, bus passes, camp, and recreation center membership.

Applications must be completed and submitted on behalf of the recipient by a public agency or nonprofit organization that serves people with special needs in Virginia. Up to ten applications will be accepted from each public agency or organization.

Don’t wait! Applications are due by 5pm on March 31, 2014.

  •  To download the application, click here.
  • For more information about CCT’s Charitable Fund Award, click here.
  • To read the FAQs for CCT’s Charitable Fund Award, click here.

* The recipient must meet the Social Security Administration definition of disabled, and meet the federal poverty guidelines, or receive SSI and/or Medicaid.


Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that administers pooled special needs trusts for people with disabilities. For individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicaid and/or SSI, a special needs trust will not jeopardize benefits.