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 Donates $50,000 to Project Rozana Canada

The Asper Foundation Donates $50,000 to Project Rozana Canada

October 3, 2019

The Asper Foundation is proud to provide $50,000 in support of Project Rozana Canada over the next three years. Through healthcare, this initiative seeks to create pathways to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. For more information, please click here and here.

Asper Performing Arts Centre to Open

Asper Performing Arts Centre to Open

June 19, 2019

At a ceremony held in Migdal HaEmek, Israel, it was announced that the Asper Performing Art Centre will be established. For more information, please click here.

Launch of “The Israel Story” Initiative

Launch of “The Israel Story” Initiative

June 18, 2019

The Asper Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with Shalem College in the creation of “The Israel Story”, an ambitious educational initiative that explores central Zionist themes and ideas through the close examination of significant works of modern Hebrew and Zionist literature. For more information, please click here.

David Asper Appointed as Queen’s Counsel

David Asper Appointed as Queen’s Counsel

June 4, 2019

Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today that David Asper has been appointed as Queen’s counsel. For more information, please click here, here, and here.

Board of Trustees appoints Leonard Asper as Chair

Board of Trustees appoints Leonard Asper as Chair

May 11, 2019

The Board of Trustees of The Asper Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonard Asper as Chair of The Asper Foundation. For more information, please click here.

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