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

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.

Gail Asper Receives Honorary Degree

Gail Asper Receives Honorary Degree

April 25, 2017

Gail Asper received an honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University on May 19. Click here, here, here, and here for more information.

Human Rights Program Reaches 14,000

Human Rights Program Reaches 14,000

April 21, 2017

The Asper Foundation’s award-winning Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program reaches 14,000 youth across Canada promoting understanding and sensitizing students to the consequences of racism. For more information, click here.

Ruth Asper Inducted Into Churchill Bulldogs’ Hall of Fame

Ruth Asper Inducted Into Churchill Bulldogs’ Hall of Fame

April 19, 2017

Ruth Asper has been inducted into the Churchill Bulldogs’ Hall of Fame. For more information, click here.

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