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 Opening Night Gala at the WSO

The Asper Foundation Opening Night Gala at the WSO

September 17, 2018

The Asper Foundation Opening Night Gala at the Winnipeg Symphony featured world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax and the debut of maestro Daniel Raiskin, the WSO’s new music director. For more information, see here and here.

 The Asper Foundation Makes $195,000 Commitment to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

The Asper Foundation Makes $195,000 Commitment to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

September 10, 2018

The Asper Foundation has made a three-year $195,000 commitment to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), ensuring live music is performed at the Canadian premiere of the RWB’s The Wizard of Oz. For more information, see here.

Gail Asper, Dr. Michael Paterson and Family Make Matching Donation to IISD ELA

Gail Asper, Dr. Michael Paterson and Family Make Matching Donation to IISD ELA

September 6, 2018

The International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area in Kenora, Ontario received a $1 million matching donation from Gail Asper, Dr. Michael Paterson and family. For more information, see here, here, here, here and here.

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, here, here, here, and here.

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