the foundation for girls and women

join us to help Afghan women refugees!

join chrysalis to support the rapid resettlement of Afghan women refugees and their families


You're invited to attend Coffee with Chrysalis and participate in our Donation Drive for Afghan women refugees. Learn more about the crisis resettlement of refugees in Iowa and the particular challenges faced by the rapid resettlement of Afghan women and their families. read more.

we are chrysalis

When a girl learns, she is able to earn and give back to her community when she grows up. When a woman is given the necessary tools to support her success, everyone benefits. Chrysalis works to increase resources and opportunities for women and girls in the greater Des Moines area, and empower them to be all that they can be.

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we are all about girls and women

No tool for development is more effective than empowering women. The World Bank calls investing in women “smart economics” because research shows economic growth for women has a critical multiplier effect. Women are more likely to share their personal economic gains with their families and communities; in fact, women reinvest 90% of their income in food, healthcare, home improvement, and schooling for themselves and their children. In short, “women’s progress” is “society progress.”

this is the work of chrysalis 

we can’t do it alone

Our work is about connections.  Whether it's our community of nonprofit partners working to strengthen girls and women, our grant partners delivering our mission, or our school site leaders reaching girls through enriching after-school progrms, we don't work alone.  And only with the support of friends, donors, volunteers, and community stakeholders does our work change lives.

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issues and resources

Our education and fundraising events share information on the broad issues important to the success of girls and women, and our continuous learning keeps us relevant.  Because you care about our community, we want to keep you informed, too.

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2021 inspired event featuring:

women at ground zero ...20 years later 

The powerful messages about how the attacks on the World Trade Center impacted authors Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba, as well as first responders Terri Tobin and Regina Wilson, deeply moved Chrysalis and has us dialoguing about their messages. Read more.