Welcome to The Asper Foundation

Israel Asper, O.C., O.M., Q.C., L.L.D. (1932 – 2003) and Babs Asper (1933 – 2011) believed that philanthropy is a driving force behind positive change in people’s quality of life. For this reason, they formed The Asper Foundation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1983 to build upon their and the Asper family’s philanthropic objectives.

The Asper Foundation undertakes, develops and supports major initiatives in the areas of Jewish charity as well as culture, education, community development and human rights locally, nationally and internationally. 

In the recent past, over $125 million has been donated to various charitable causes through The Asper Foundation and the CanWest Global Foundation (the corporate foundation of CanWest Global Communications Corp.). This website not only reflects, but celebrates the inspired vision of Israel and Babs Asper and outlines the activities and future plans of The Asper Foundation.

Latest News

The Asper Foundation Supports Nellie McClung’s Legacy

The Asper Foundation Supports Nellie McClung’s Legacy

September 9, 2017

The Asper Foundation kicked off a project to support Nellie McClung’s legacy with a $30,000 donation. For more information, see here and here.

Hundreds of Tickets Donated to Underprivileged Youth for 2017 Canada Summer Games

Hundreds of Tickets Donated to Underprivileged Youth for 2017 Canada Summer Games

July 25, 2017

The Asper Foundation and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba donated hundreds of tickets to underprivileged youth allowing them to experience the thrill of athletic competition and the spectacle of the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Click here for more information.

David Asper to be inducted into 2017 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame

David Asper to be inducted into 2017 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame

June 23, 2017

David Asper to be inducted into 2017 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame. Click here, here, here, here, and here for more information.

Hands to Heart: Yoga for a Cause

Hands to Heart: Yoga for a Cause

May 7, 2017

David & Ruth Asper and Orangetheory Fitness in Winnipeg, Manitoba presented Hands to Heart: Yoga for a Cause. David and Ruth Asper donated $15,000 to the event. All proceeds raised in Manitoba went towards the Canadian Women‘s Foundation’s Campaign to End Violence to support Manitoba shelters. Click here for more information.

David Asper Confirmed as Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board

David Asper Confirmed as Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board

April 27, 2017

David Asper confirmed as Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board. Click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for more information. Photo: David Asper (right) pictured with Mayor Brian Bowman, sworn in as new Winnipeg Police Board Chair.

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