Shaping the future of pediatric medicine

Innovation is essential to accelerating advancements in health care—and at Phoenix Children’s, Leadership Circle funding is essential to driving innovation.

What is Leadership Circle?

Leadership Circle is a giving group whose members jointly invest in cutting-edge, high-impact projects led by Phoenix Children’s physicians and researchers. By becoming a member of the Leadership Circle charitable group, you’re supporting pioneering projects that have the potential to make a profound impact on children’s health. Check out our 2021 grant finalists!

How does it work?

When you join Leadership Circle, your philanthropic contribution is pooled with other members’ gifts to form a grant fund. Once a year, physicians and researchers from across Phoenix Children’s compete for funding to support their projects—and as a member of Leadership Circle, you get to vote on which projects to fund.

Since 2004, Leadership Circle has awarded nearly $6 million in grant funding to advance the work of Phoenix Children’s top innovators, including four grants totaling more than $418,000 in fall 2021.

An investment that makes an impact

As a Leadership Circle member, you’re helping create brighter futures for children everywhere by investing in innovation at Phoenix Children’s. You also have access to exclusive benefits, including opportunities to participate in members-only events and experiences.

Projects with impact
Networking with innovators
Behind-the-scenes access

Choose your membership

Leadership Circle offers several levels of investment, starting at $1,000 per year. As your commitment increases, so do your opportunities for involvement.

Please note that the Pioneer level is an individual membership and the Partner, Trailblazer and Innovator levels are joint memberships.

$1K Pioneer 1 Vote
$1.5K Partner 2 Votes
$5K Trailblazer 2 Votes
$10K Innovator 2 Votes

2021–2022 DIRECTORS

  • Clarissa and Brian Robinson, Chairs
  • Corrine and Darryl Berger
  • Julia and Taylor Burke
  • Carol and Dr. Charles P. Dries, Jr.
  • Brittany and Matt Messmer
  • DeeDee and Ken Vecchione

Contact Leadership Circle

For information about becoming a member of Leadership Circle, please contact Dana Jirauch at