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.
Award-Winning Human Rights Program Breaks 12,600 Mark Across Canada
Since 1997, our award-winning Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program has now reached over 12,600 students and chaperones in 204 cities and communities spanning 12 provinces and territories. For more information on this program, please click here.
Community Leaders David & Ruth Asper Receive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals
David and Ruth Asper were the recent recipients of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals. For more information, please click here.
The Asper Foundation Launches New Website
To mark the Foundation’s 30th anniversary, we have launched our new website which provides visitors with up to date news and information on the Foundation’s projects and initiatives that touch lives around the globe.
David Asper, Chair of The Asper Foundation, Visits Israel
See above for a photograph of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and David Asper.