our focus is helping girls and women

chrysalis (kri'-sa-lis)

1. the protective covering during a period of growth

2. a transitional state


1. the base upon which something is built

2. an organization established for support of a specific cause

chrysalis: the foundation for girls and women

Daunting challenges including poverty, violence, bias, and lack of opportunity continue to diminish the well-being of girls and women. The work of Chrysalis has been to provide holistic assistance to the most effective organizations, providing proven solutions, to ensure all girls and women are safe, secure, educated, and economically empowered.

The Chrysalis Foundation has achieved the Platinum Seal of Transparency Rating on GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on non-profit organizations. This rating puts the Foundation in the top 0.1% of charities nationally in terms of transparency.

The Platinum Seal of Transparency indicates that the Foundation shares clear and important information with the public about our goals, strategies, capabilities, achievements and progress indicators that highlight the difference the Foundation makes in the world.

Potential donors can find in-depth financial information about our organization as they consider a gift that supports our mission: ensuring safety, security, education, and economic empowerment for girls and women in Greater Des Moines.

Check out the Chrysalis Foundation’s GuideStar profile here: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/42-1337635


For girls and women, safety is freedom from all types of violence; the ability to avoid danger and victimization; safe and stable living conditions; and access to basic needs such as food and health care.


The security and well-being of a girl or woman are shaped by her physical, mental, and emotional health; positive relationships and connections to others; resilience, hardiness, and self-worth; and hope for the future.


Girls and women need a range of educational opportunities including school success, academic completion (high school, college, trade school), life and interpersonal skills, job skills, and employment readiness.


economic empowerment

Economic empowerment is about more than money - it is the ability for a woman to make and act on economic decisions, secure stable employment, earn sufficient income, and have the power to advance the economic status of herself and her family.