The Ashkelon Foundation was established in 1989 in order to help meet Ashkelon's ever-increasing needs in the realm of community, culture' society' education and welfare. The Foundation stimulates growth and cultivation of enterprises for al strata of the population by encouraging existing and future initiatives.

Already today, the Foundation Operates a variety of programs, including computerizing the school system, promulgating higher education and educational enrichment programs, establishing Jewish Learning Centers for the arts and sciences, and developing projects in the fields of medicine and preventive medicine, dental clinics, and cultural, musical and theatrical enterprises.

The administration of the Foundation compromises public figures, and the Fund functions totally independently according to a list of priorities which are spelled out in the Foundation's by-laws. The Foundation works together with governmental and municipal organizations and coordinates activities with them to maximize utilization of funds. The Ashkelon Foundation maintains extensive ties with Diaspora Jewry, especially with British Jewry and the Joint Distribution Committee, and receives support and funding from the Jewish Agency.