Chrysalis Foundation

For girls. For women. Forever.

West Des Moines, IA   |  www.chrysalisfdn.org

Mission

Chrysalis invests in the safety, security, education, and economic empowerment of girls and women in our community. We do this in partnership with agencies and services vital to girls' and women's success through grants, community education, and donor support.

Notes from the nonprofit

Chrysalis is a member of the Greater Des Moines Funders Forum, Iowa Council of Foundations, and Women's Funding Network, a network of 170 women's funds across the globe.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Mrs. Terry Hernandez

Main address

1248 8th Street Suite 101

West Des Moines, IA 50065 USA

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EIN

42-1337635

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Girls Clubs (O22)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Chrysalis After-School

Created in 1998, Chrysalis After-School serves girls in grades 5-8 with after-school activities that promote resilience, leadership, and school success. High school mentors are trained to teach curriculum; programs serve over 800 girls in more than 30 elementary and middle schools in Polk, Warren, and Dallas Counties in Iowa.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Annual operating grants, emergency grants, and client emergency funds for nonprofit organizations supporting the safety, security, education, and economic empowerment of girls and women in Greater Des Moines.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

College scholarships for girls who have participated in Chrysalis After-School and/or high school mentoring programs.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Students

Monthly convening of organizations serving girls and women to share information, collaborate, and receive training and support from Chrysalis staff.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Iowa Women's Hall of Fame 2012

State of Iowa

Women of Influence 2012

Business Record

Outstanding Community Organization 2013

Iowa Civil Rights Commission

Award 2020

United Methodist Women's Conference

Footprint Award 2019

Allegra

The Lifelong Learning Award 2020

Wallace Winkie Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Member of the Women's Funding Network 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Grants awarded includes Community Grants (operating support, rapid response, and collaborative funding) and Chrysalis After-School Program grants.

Number of one-on-one coaching sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Women and girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Women and girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Annual number of sites visited at least once

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Chrysalis After-School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Women and girls

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Women and girls

Related Program

Women's Alliance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To be the leading organization supporting and sharing the success of girls and women who are independent and contributing members of our community.

Chrysalis invests in the safety, security, education, and economic empowerment of girls and women in our community. We do this in partnership with agencies and services vital to girls' and women's success through grants, community education, and donor support.

Established in 1989, the Chrysalis Foundation works to ensure that girls and women in Greater Des Moines have the resources, support, and opportunities they need to be successful and independent.

As a public charity, Chrysalis operating expenses are funded by a permanent endowment, allowing 100% of community support to be returned to community agencies and organizations serving the needs and concerns of girls and women. Chrysalis is a member of the Women’s Funding Network, an international association of over 130 women’s funds across the globe.

The Chrysalis mission is to invest in the safety, security, education, and economic empowerment of girls and women in our community. We do this in partnership with agencies and services in Polk, Warren, and Dallas Counties through grants, community education, and donor support. Chrysalis invests funds raised in 3 key areas:

Chrysalis Community Grants: Annually awards funding, emergency support, training, and professional development to partner agencies focused on the Chrysalis mission.
• Community Partner Grants - annual operating awards up to $7,500
• Rapid Response Grants - up to $500 available twice annually for agency emergency needs
• Client Emergency Funds – provided to Community Partner recipients for client needs
• COVID-19 Emergency Grants – special circumstance funds during pandemic

Chrysalis After-School: Serving over 800 girls in 5th through 12th grade, Chrysalis programs are funded in 30 Des Moines area schools each year. Programming has been provided at no charge to participants since its creation in 1998 and continued virtually despite pandemic closures.
• Chrysalis After-School – elementary and middle school sites throughout metro Des Moines
• GirlPower – high school peer mentoring program proving leadership for after-school sites

Chrysalis Scholars: College scholarships support higher education for young women who have participated in Chrysalis After-School programs; over 70 scholarships have been awarded since the program began in 2014.

Chrysalis provides additional ways to learn, share, network, and advocate for girls and women through the Women’s Alliance, a collaboration of grant partners, stakeholders, and nonprofit organizations working with Chrysalis on common issues, education, and advocacy.

The INSPIRED Event and Chrysalis Conversations are among the foundation’s annual events to raise funds and awareness about issues and concerns of women and girls. Each event features a prominent speaker whose life and experiences offer insight and education.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    After-school program participants, educational leaders, not-for-profit direct service organizations in Greater Des Moines and those clients served through those organizations.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In the Chrysalis After-School program, some groups are served through multiple funding streams and participants indicated stress and fatigue from completing multiple evaluations. Chrysalis collaborated with the other funders to develop a single collaborative tool to meet all needs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Similar organizations serving in different geographical areas,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The persons we serve have seen evidence that their feedback and preferences are considered when designing new programming and have benefitted from those changes.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Chrysalis Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Reo Menning

RINAlliance

Term: 2021 - 2022

Eugenia Kutsch-Stanton

Corteva Agriscience

Christine Riccelli

DSM Magazine

Lauren Burgeson

Iowa State Bank

Jennifer Furler

National Blue Zones Project at ShareCare

Jodi Beller

Lindsay Havig

Federal Home Loan Bank

Liz Lee

Rachel Paine Caufield

Drake University

Bridget Cravens-Neely

Nationwide

Katie Forst

Exec 1 Aviation

Sharon Goldford

Stephanie Greiner

Des Moines University

Amber Johnson

Bankers Trust

Krystal Mikkilineni

Bradshaw Law Firm

Jasmina Odzakovic

Great Western Bank

Paula Plasencia

Dowling Catholic High School

Emily Stevens

American Enterprise Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/14/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.