The Betterment Fund

Created by the will of William Bingham 2nd

Trustees: William B. Winship • Carolyn S. Wollen • William P. Clough III
Carol Berg Geist • Andrew L. Tansey • Martin J. Grohman • Bank of America, N.A.

Historical Background

Contact Information

Substantive questions about your organization's request for support should be directed to

Christine O'Donnell
Tel: 646-855-1011
Fax: 646-855-5463

Technical questions about the online application process should be directed to both of the following email addresses:
Please place "Betterment Fund Tech Support" in the subject line. You can expect a response within 24 hours during business days.

The Betterment Fund was created for charitable purposes by the will of the late William Bingham, 2nd, a resident of Bethel, Maine, who died in 1955. Mr. Bingham was a self-effacing philanthropist with an abiding interest in education and the improvement of health services in the State of Maine.

During Mr. Bingham’s lifetime, Gould Academy in Bethel was a major recipient of Mr. Bingham’s benefactions. Mr. Bingham also made grants to many individuals from within and beyond the Gould and Bethel communities to enable them to further their education. Since Mr. Bingham’s death, the Betterment Fund has established scholarship funds in his memory at several Maine colleges, with scholarship award preference to be given to residents of Bethel, Oxford County and the State of Maine in that order of priority.

Mr. Bingham’s medical interests historically were pursued largely through the Bingham Associates Fund, now known as the Bingham Program, which developed a program in Boston for the advancement of rural medicine in Maine. The Bingham Associates program served as a model worldwide for outreach programs designed to strengthen the quality of health services in smaller communities. See In recent years, the Betterment Fund has collaborated with Bingham Program on several Maine health projects.