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 Foundation. 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

Moe Levy to be honoured by Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University

Moe Levy to be honoured by Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University

May 11, 2014

The long-time executive director of the Asper Foundation is being honoured by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University with its most prestigious award, the Scopus Award, at a gala to be held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on May 13th. Read the full Jewish Post article here, and watch news coverage on Global News and CTV News.

Winnipeg names street after Izzy Asper

Winnipeg names street after Izzy Asper

May 5, 2014

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was Israel Asper’s dream, and now the City of Winnipeg has named a street at the museum after him. Israel Asper Way (formerly Waterfront Drive), runs along the west entrance to the museum. Read coverage of the naming event at Winnipeg Free Press, CBC, ChrisD.ca, and Winnipeg Sun.

In Conversation with Moe Levy

In Conversation with Moe Levy

April 28, 2014

Click here to read a Winnipeg Free Press interview with our Executive Director, Moe Levy, on the occasion of being Canadian Friends of Hebrew University’s 2014 Scopus Award recipient.

Asper Foundation program teaching rights, service

Asper Foundation program teaching rights, service

April 19, 2014

The Asper Foundation’s annual Human Rights and Holocaust Studies program is expected to see about 58 schools and community organizations in six provinces travel to freedom memorials and the renowned U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., this spring. Click here to read the full Winnipeg Free Press article.

Read more about our history of giving by downloading The Asper Foundation’s 2005 philanthropic report.

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