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

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 and here.

The Asper Foundation Celebrates 35th Anniversary and New Offices

The Asper Foundation Celebrates 35th Anniversary and New Offices

June 28, 2018

The Asper Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary and new offices with a wonderful party attended by trustees, staff, friends and colleagues. Please see here for photos from the event.

The Asper Foundation Welcomes Carolyn Jarvin as CFO

The Asper Foundation Welcomes Carolyn Jarvin as CFO

June 21, 2018

The Asper Foundation is pleased to welcome Carolyn Jarvin as CFO. Gail Asper, President and Trustee of The Asper Foundation commented, "We are delighted to welcome Carolyn Jarvin to The Asper Foundation Team. Her skills and experience make her a welcome addition to the Foundation and we look forward to growing and strengthening the Foundation with her guidance, over many years." Please see Ms. Jarvin’s bio here.

David and Ruth Asper Receive Mitzvah Award

David and Ruth Asper Receive Mitzvah Award

June 19, 2018

David and Ruth Asper received a Jewish Child and Family Service Mitzvah Award in Winnipeg. Al Benarroch, Executive Director of JCFS commented, "David and Ruth‘s steadfast support of JCFS in broad-sweeping ways, as well as with practical gifts like these which allow access to sporting events, have touched the lives of those less fortunate in ways that cannot be described. We are forever grateful and thankful of Ruth and David’s philanthropy and generosity." For more information, see here.

The Asper Foundation Supports Mandela: Struggle for Freedom Exhibit

The Asper Foundation Supports Mandela: Struggle for Freedom Exhibit

June 4, 2018

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights partnered with the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa to create a world-class exhibition on Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy entitled, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom which The Asper Foundation is supporting. See photos from the opening exhibition gala event here and article here.

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