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, researchers and clinical leaders. 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.

Throughout the year, physicians, researchers and clinical leaders from across Phoenix Children’s compete for funding for their projects during special Power Pitch Events—and as a member of Leadership Circle, you get to vote on which projects to fund.

Your investment in Leadership Circle not only helps accelerate advancements in pediatrics that will benefit children for generations to come. It also comes with exclusive benefits, including:

  • Attendance and voting during multiple Power Pitch funding events throughout the year
  • Invitation to the Leadership Circle showcase annual luncheon
  • Special exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences with physicians, researchers and patients

How Can I Help?

Join Leadership Circle today at one of the levels below and help drive innovation at Phoenix Children’s.

For more information about becoming Leadership Circle Member, contact Dana Jirauch at

Having three young children, we have learned nothing is worse than seeing your child in pain or unwell. We feel particularly drawn to supporting Leadership Circle to help ensure that every child has access to the best medical care available. Innovation is a key component of this, and we love being part of a group of committed donors who have come together to support promising projects that can truly change pediatrics.

– Brittany and Matt Messmer

Brittany and Matt Messmer

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.