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

Olympic Passion Inspires Record $2.5 Million Donation by the David and Ruth Asper family

Olympic Passion Inspires Record $2.5 Million Donation by the David and Ruth Asper family

October 11, 2018

On October 11, David and Ruth Asper and their children Daniel, Rebecca and Max announced the largest donation to Olympic sport in Canadian history with a transformative $2.5 million contribution to the Next Generation Initiative. For more information, see here, here, here, here, here and here.

Referendum on Opening of Portage and Main

Referendum on Opening of Portage and Main

October 4, 2018

On October 24, Winnipeg voters are being asked to answer the referendum question "Do you support the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrian crossings?" See video of Gail Asper’s thoughts here and learn more about the Vote Open campaign here.

Canadian Race Relations Foundation Honours Moe Levy

Canadian Race Relations Foundation Honours Moe Levy

September 27, 2018

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation honoured Moe Levy, Executive Director of The Asper Foundation, with a 2018 Community Champion Special Award. For more information, see here and here.

 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.

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