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

Launch of 2018-2019 Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program

Launch of 2018-2019 Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program

November 29, 2018

The Asper Foundation is proud to launch the 2018-2019 Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program for grades 7 to 9 students from Canada. For more information, click here.

Izzy Asper Jazz Performances Welcomes New Producer

Izzy Asper Jazz Performances Welcomes New Producer

November 26, 2018

The Asper Foundation and the Rady Jewish Community Centre are pleased to announce that Charlene Diehl will become Producer of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances on January 1, 2019. For more information, see here.

Bank of Canada Issues New $10 Bank Note Featuring Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Viola Desmond

Bank of Canada Issues New $10 Bank Note Featuring Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Viola Desmond

November 19, 2018

Today, the Bank of Canada issued the new $10 bank note featuring the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Viola Desmond. See photos here and here. For more information, see here, here, here, here, here, and here.

David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights Celebrates 10th Anniversary

David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights Celebrates 10th Anniversary

October 17, 2018

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the University of Toronto is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary. For more information, see here.

Olympic Passion Inspires Record $2.5 Million Donation by the David and Ruth Asper family

Olympic Passion Inspires Record $2.5 Million Donation by the David and Ruth Asper family

October 11, 2018

On October 11, David and Ruth Asper and their children Daniel, Rebecca and Max announced the largest donation to Olympic sport in Canadian history with a transformative $2.5 million contribution to the Next Generation Initiative. For more information, see here, here, here, here, here and here.

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