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

 Gail Asper Receives Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University

Gail Asper Receives Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University

June 7, 2016

Carleton University conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Gail Asper, president of The Asper Foundation, in recognition of her humanitarian work, advocacy for human rights and leading volunteer service to the community. Click here for more information.

New Funding For World Class Health Facility In Winnipeg

New Funding For World Class Health Facility In Winnipeg

April 20, 2016

The Asper Foundation donates $200,000 to the Health Sciences Centre for Surgical Innovation. Read the press release here, and view media coverage here, here, here and here.

Pan Am Clinic Foundation Honours Ruth and David Asper

Pan Am Clinic Foundation Honours Ruth and David Asper

March 20, 2016

Ruth and David Asper were honoured at the Pan Am Clinic Foundation’s 11th annual Fire and Ice Gala for their continuous support and generosity. For more information, please click here.

David and Ruth Asper Early Learning Centre

David and Ruth Asper Early Learning Centre

October 9, 2015

The Manitoba government partners with Rady Jewish Community Centre and David and Ruth Asper to expand child-care options for families. For more information, please click here.

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