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

Misericordia Health Centre Foundation Donation

Misericordia Health Centre Foundation Donation

July 18, 2018

The Asper Foundation is pleased to make a donation to the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation in Winnipeg, Canada in support of specialized eye care equipment.

Manitoba Opera to Honour Gail Asper For Her Exemplary Leadership and Vision

Manitoba Opera to Honour Gail Asper For Her Exemplary Leadership and Vision

July 12, 2018

Manitoba Opera announced that it will honour Gail Asper for her exemplary leadership and vision with a Gala Reception on September 13 in Winnipeg including honouring Ms. Asper with the inaugural Gail Asper Award. For more information, see here and here.

Ceremony Celebrates Edible Garden Program‘s Critical Impact on Israel’s Educational Landscape

Ceremony Celebrates Edible Garden Program‘s Critical Impact on Israel’s Educational Landscape

June 7, 2018

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee hosted a special ceremony in Israel to honour The Asper Foundation‘s pioneering role in green learning in Israel through its Edible Garden Program. In attendance were senior representatives from the Israeli Ministry of Education, Kiryat Gat Municipality, and JDC’s Ashalim partnership. For more information, please see here.

Tribute Ceremony Marking Two Decades of The Asper International Holocaust Studies Program

Tribute Ceremony Marking Two Decades of The Asper International Holocaust Studies Program

June 7, 2018

Yad Vashem hosted a tribute ceremony in Israel marking two decades of The Asper International Holocaust Studies Program at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies. The ceremony was attended by Canadian Ambassador to Israel Deborah A. Lyons. For more information, please see here.

Celebrating Over a Decade of Successful Cooperation

Celebrating Over a Decade of Successful Cooperation

June 6, 2018

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya hosted a special ceremony in Israel celebrating the past decade since the establishment of The Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy at the school. For more information and photos from the event, please see here.

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