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 Donates Record Single Donation to the National Arts Centre

Gail Asper Donates Record Single Donation to the National Arts Centre

September 28, 2016

Canada’s National Arts Centre announced a lead $5 million gift to its "Creation Campaign" by Gail Asper. Click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for more information.

University of Manitoba Names Arts Hall after Gail Asper

University of Manitoba Names Arts Hall after Gail Asper

September 20, 2016

The Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall was officially named as philanthropists Gail Asper and Michael Paterson presented a $2 million gift to the University of Manitoba. Click here, here, and here for more information.

David and Ruth Asper Early Learning Centre

David and Ruth Asper Early Learning Centre

July 6, 2016

The David and Ruth Asper Early Learning Centre will open in Winnipeg on July 13, 2016. Click here for more information.

 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.

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