Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize 

The prize will be publicly announced in July 2019

About the prize

The Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize, an annual cash prize established in honor of Bob Wilmers, recognizes and celebrates the ideals of integrity Wilmers espoused as a philanthropist and as an advocate for positive change for the greater good. Bob’s passionate belief that corporate success was only achievable when success was shared across communities—and that leadership carried with it a responsibility of the highest order to see that success is shared—represents an ideal of leadership that sets a standard today and for future generations.

Nominees are those making a significant impact in their fields, which include but are not limited to:

The arts (art, architecture, design, literature, music, dance)

The environment (food, farming, sustainability, climate change, and cross-cutting themes that illuminate the interconnectedness of problems the world confronts and the complexity of solutions)

Social reform (social justice, gender equality, racial equality, criminal justice, pacifism, human rights)

Social impact (social impact investing, community, and economic development)

Recipients are individuals, with or without institutional affiliations, who may be architects, authors, farmers, scientists, artists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those working in other fields to make a better world. Rather than a lifetime achievement award, it’s an investment in and recognition of a person’s originality, insight, integrity, and potential. Indeed, the awards are an investment in everyone’s future.

In considering who might win the Wilmers Integrity Award, intelligence is critical, but so is persistence and risk-taking. Bob asked tough questions before he gave away money, and so will we. The Selection Committee will be guided by, but not limited to, questions such as:

  • What is the nature of the nominee’s challenge or opportunity, and what is the impact?
  • What is the context in which they are working? Are they showing exceptional originality and dedication?
  • What kind of bold leadership are they providing? Are they making a difference?
  • In what ways can this award, through its recipients, broaden and deepen the impact on the way we live? Is this helping to create communities for change and good?

The prize is administered by Hancock Shaker Village, a museum of twenty historic buildings on 750 acres in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts that has been on the National Historic Register since 1969. Today the museum is the largest and most comprehensively interpreted Shaker site in the world, and a presenter of the Shakers’ culture of rural preservation, agricultural ingenuity, and sustainability. Bob and his wife Elisabeth were generous supporters of Hancock Shaker Village, recognizing it as a cultural treasure—a Shaker settlement dating back to 1790 that remains intact today, with more than 22,000 Shaker objects—and a “truly authentic experience,” according to The New York Times.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Trainer Thompson,, 413.443.0188 x115


Support the Wilmers Integrity Prize

To make a pledge or support the Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize:

Pledges and gifts can be mailed to:

Hancock Shaker Village

PO Box 927, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

Hancock Shaker Village is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. EIN 04-2281657 

Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize Committee

Elisabeth Roche Wilmers, Chair

Richard Besser

Rachel Chanoff

Rodgin Cohen, Founder

Camille de Wouters

John Jerome

Maureen Jerome, Founder

Rene Jones, Founder

Yo-Yo Ma

Charles O’Byrne

Diane Patrick

Kevin Sullivan

Jennifer Trainer Thompson, Founder