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 Economic Empowerment of Palestinian Women in East Jerusalem

The Asper Foundation Supports Economic Empowerment of Palestinian Women in East Jerusalem

February 3, 2020

The Asper Foundation in partnership with MATI -The Jerusalem Business Development Center is pleased to announce support of Turning Point, an economic empowerment and business development program for Palestinian women in East Jerusalem. For more information, please click here and watch the video here.

David Asper to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from University of Manitoba

David Asper to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from University of Manitoba

January 31, 2020

The University of Manitoba will be conferring an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on David Asper at the university’s 141st spring convocation. For more information, please click here.

The Asper Foundation Awards Annual Funding to University of Manitoba International Law Program Centre

The Asper Foundation Awards Annual Funding to University of Manitoba International Law Program Centre

January 27, 2020

The University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall Faculty of Law announced that The Asper Foundation will be annually supporting The Asper International Program on Israeli Law and Society (Mishpatim). For more information, please click here.

Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre

Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre

November 19, 2019

Gail Asper and Moe Levy join former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the official opening of the Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Centre in Hula Valley, Israel.

Launch of 2019-2020 Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program

Launch of 2019-2020 Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program

October 31, 2019

The Asper Foundation is proud to launch the 2019-2020 Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program for grades 7 to 9 students from Canada. For more information, please click here and here.

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