chrysalis community grants

we don't grant wishes.

we grant knowledge and strength.

These are extraordinary times. This makes our funding decisions increasingly important so that our investments provide the greatest return for our community.

Our unique approach leads to stronger nonprofit partners, more effective services, and more women and girls moving toward self-sufficiency. Community Partner Grants provide core support to the organizations delivering our mission. Rapid Response Grants offer funding for immediate - sometimes critical - needs that may hinder the day-to-day work of local agencies. And our Client Emergency Funds offer nonprofit partners a resource for simple client needs including bus tokens, uniforms for a job, or fees for a class.

We are not your typical funder. Our investments in the success of our nonprofit partners include training, coaching, and educational opportunities. We offer local agencies strategic planning, board development training, fundraising and grant writing education, and guidance on best practices.

Chrysalis tracks results of these investments through community measures, evaluation of results, and reports to community stakeholders and donors. We want to know, and we want you to know, what has changed in the lives of girls and women, in the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, and in the overall success of our community.

chrysalis foundation awards over $100,000 to support girls and women in greater des moines

The Chrysalis Foundation has announced its 2023 Grant Awards to 27 local nonprofit organizations. The selected community grant partners are organizations working with girls and women to deliver the foundation’s mission to ensure safety, security, education and economic empowerment to girls and women. In addition to grant funding, chrysalis grant partners receive education, coaching, and additional support from Chrysalis including emergency funds for client needs.

delivering on our mission

community grant partners: 2023


freedom from violence and abuse, unsafe and unhealthy conditions, and homelessness  


Children & Families of Iowa


Hawthorn Hill-New Directions Shelter


Iowa Safe Schools



mental, physical, and behavioral well-being


The Beacon


Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center

Eyes Open Iowa


Healthy Birth Day

Highland Park Community Development Association

House of Mercy

Iowa Center for Children's Justice

Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice

Mind and Spirit Counseling Center

Shalom Community Impact Center

Please Pass the Love

Young Women's Resource Center



school and academic success, job and employment readiness skills


Al Exito

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

By Degrees Foundation

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Girls on the Run


economic empowerment

secure and stable employment, sufficient income, and the capacity to make and act on economic decisions


Dress for Success Des Moines


WeLIFT Job Search Center