Kenneth E. Behring

Wheelchair Foundation

The establishment of the Wheelchair Foundation marks the most recent chapter in Kenneth E. Behring’s philanthropic efforts to improve the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. From his successful career as an automobile dealer in Wisconsin, Mr. Behring entered the world of real estate development in the 1960s. Over the course of the next 35 years, his companies created numerous planned communities in Florida and California. After purchasing the Seattle Seahawks football team in 1988, Mr. Behring established the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation, which benefited numerous children’s charities. In 1997 he pledged $20 million to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and in 2000 he pledged an additional $80 million to rebuild the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The Blackhawk Museum is now an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1999, Mr. Behring donated shipments of wheelchairs to relief organizations in Eastern Europe and Africa. In the following months, he has traveled the world delivering wheelchairs to numerous countries. In June 2000, Mr. Behring committed $15 million to his newly created Wheelchair Foundation. Since June 2000, Mr. Behring has tirelessly traveled the world delivering tens of thousands of wheelchairs to the disabled citizens of five continents. The relationships he has developed with world leaders have led to a greater awareness of the needs of the disabled, and are a great force in propelling the mission of the Wheelchair Foundation. In 2002 Mr. Behring was awarded an honorary doctorate by Brigham Young University for his worldwide charitable efforts. Ken Behring and Patricia, his wife of 53 years, reside in Blackhawk, California. They have five sons and 10 grandchildren.