Chrysalis is celebrating 35 years! Throughout 2024, we will celebrate the girls, women, and men who are part of our work. Several special events will emphasize the foundation’s gratitude to the community that has supported it since 1989, and we hope you will join us!

Launching as a private foundation in 1989, founders Louise Noun, Elaine Szymoniak, and Barbara Barrett met twice a year to commit funding from Louise to women-serving nonprofits. 

Louise named the foundation, “Chrysalis Foundation,” as a symbol of the emerging butterfly. She wanted it to become more than just her private foundation, and the community responded positively by recognizing the considerable needs of girls and women. Chrysalis became a public charity supported by generous contributions from people throughout Greater Des Moines. 

Since then, Chrysalis has been committed to raising funds, awarding grants, leading programs, and educating the community with the support and energy of local nonprofit partners, schools, colleges, donors, and volunteers.


35th Anniversary Special Events

save the dates and plan to join us!

March 7, 2024The threads that connect us: A conversation with coauthors of The Thread Collectors. Learn more

April 16, 2024: A morning with Jenne Fromm. General tickets will be released March 1, 2024.  

July 25, 2024: Chrysalis Board Reunion. Save the date now! More details coming soon. 

A special INSPIRED Event that's too hot to announce yet!