Sal Martino Grant for DEI Research


The Sal Martino Grant for DEI Research aims to encourage collaborative research between members of the academic and practitioner communities to expand and advance DEI knowledge in association management and leadership. The grant provides up to $15,000 to one meritorious proposal (per cycle) addressing DEI in nonprofit membership and member-serving organizations management and is intended to support the research activities of those working (or matriculating) in an academic community, association management professionals, and consultants/private contractors in association management.

ASAE Research Foundation is an established primary creator and resource for research and information in the association community. Through this grant, ASAE Research Foundation intends to expand and promote academic research that advances knowledge in association management and leadership, creating new conversations in DEI, and raising the profile of nonprofit research both inside and outside academia.

Generously funded by Webster Chamberlain & Bean, LLP.


  • Application opens: Tuesday, October 12,2021
  • Letters of Intent requested: Wednesday, December 1, 2021*
  • Application deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Grant recipients announced: April 2022

*The Letter of Intent is not required to submit a proposal.


Congratulations to the 2020 and 2021 Sal Martino Grant award recipients! The Research Foundation looks forward to supporting their projects throughout 2021 and beyond.


Sal Martino Grant Recipient

Ohio University

Promoting Professional Association Leadership through Career Mentoring for Early-Career Under-Represented Minority Physicians

Primary Investigator: Rosellen Roche, Associate Professor of Primary Care; Public Health and Community Medicine



Sal Martino Grant Recipient

Kennesaw State University

Building Diverse Association Memberships Through Pipeline Programs: An Evaluation of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s (ARNOVA) Diversity Scholars Professional Development Program

Primary Investigator: Jennifer A. Wade-Berg, PhD, CNP, Associate Professor & Campus Executive Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance



In his remarks at ASAE’s 2017 Annual Meeting, Sal Martino, ASAE’s Immediate Past Board Chair, spoke about the primary purposes of the ASAE Research Foundation: to present research that is both relevant and valuable for the development of association professionals; and, to directly support ASAE’s goal of demonstrating the benefits association bring to society. One of the vital functions that associations serve in society, he stressed, was to create “pathways for women, ethnic and racial minorities, and LGBTQ individuals to attain equality and leadership roles." Research is critical to this, and all the functions associations serve.

Click here to access a transcript of the speech.

Sal’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) spans more than 40 years, including a 20-year commitment to the students of a South Bronx community college, who primarily belong to racial and ethnic minority groups. His dedication continues to this day, serving as an inspiring legacy to the association community.



For more information, contact:

Andrea Wieters
Senior Manager, Industry Research & Engagement Strategy