An Investment That Makes an Impact

What is Leadership Circle?

Leadership Circle is a giving group whose members jointly invest in innovative, high-impact projects led by Phoenix Children’s physicians and researchers. By becoming a member of Leadership Circle, you’re making a difference not only for Phoenix Children’s patients and their families, but for future generations of children who will benefit from the medical breakthroughs pioneered here.

How does it work?

When you join Leadership Circle, your 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 for 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.

Introducing the 2022 Grant Finalists

Meet the Phoenix Children’s physicians and researchers competing for Leadership Circle funding in 2022 and learn about their projects.

2022 Directors

Clarissa and Brian Robinson, Chairs

Corinne and Darryl Berger

Julia and Taylor Burke

Carol and Dr. Charles P. Dries, Jr.

Brittany and Matt Messmer

DeeDee and Ken Vecchione

Paul and Bill Wichterman

Invest in Innovation with Leadership Circle

Your support helps accelerate advancements in pediatric medicine that will benefit children for generations to come.