Chrysalis Institute, Inc.
P.O. Box 7014
Richmond VA 23221
Mission Statement
Chrysalis Institute is a vibrant resource and learning center for exploring insights and practices drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary science. Chrysalis Institute encourages spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith.
Web and Social Media
Speaker Jim Gates with Program Coordinator Mariah Gruner and Board President Vicki Sauder
Multi-Media Comments
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CEO/Executive Director Rachel Sari Kopelovich Douglas
Board Chair Aubrey Ford
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 7014
Richmond, VA 23221
Telephone 804 359-0384
Fax 804 xxx-xxxx
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $375,281.00
Projected Expenses $375,281.00
Chrysalis Institute is a vibrant resource and learning center for exploring insights and practices drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary science. Chrysalis Institute encourages spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith.
We offer a bounty of innovative programs, from lectures to workshops to practice groups. Quarterly silent retreats acknowledge the change of seasons and provide opportunities to reflect in a natural setting, while our labyrinth welcomes all seekers to connect to self and spirit through this ancient practice. Nationally recognized spiritual leaders, visionaries, and scientists share their expertise in keynote presentations. And book talks and movie nights give participants a chance to examine their own ideas.
Our Institute faculty of experts in spiritual development share their knowledge and recommend further sources through our online Chrysalis Learning Space, a topically themed library of articles, links, and learning experiences. Chrysalis Institute offers leading-edge resources to open diverse paths for spiritual growth. 
  • Monetary support.
  • Additional board and committee members, especially those with fund development and technology skills. 
  • Increase rental use of the Chrysalis Institute Gathering Space (1100 square feet, Carytown Shopping Center).
  • 2 Apple laptops and 1 Apple desktop with graphics software.
  • Signage for Gathering Space

The Chrysalis Group was founded in 1994 by Nancy Milner to provide the Richmond, Virginia, community with opportunities for personal and spiritual growth through classes, Ember Day retreats, and Labyrinth walks. Her vision was "to provide hospitable time and space for seekers on diverse paths who wish to explore ways in which we can live connected to our true selves, to each other, to creation, and to The Spirit."

From those early beginnings, Chrysalis brought nationally known spiritual leaders such as Parker Palmer, Marcus Borg, James Hollis, Margaret Wheatley, Peter Russell, and Tara Brach to Richmond to share their knowledge and expertise. A permanent outdoor labyrinth on Richmond's Northside now allows open access for all who wish to experience the power of this ancient ritual.
In 2009, Chrysalis rented an 1,100 sq. ft. Gathering Space in Carytown, which has enabled us to expand the number of programs and practice group offerings. We also rent the facility to member and others in the community for purposes consistent with our mission. We receive frequent compliments on the beauty and energy of that space.
Chrysalis now has almost 200 supporting members, and thousands of people have attended our lectures, workshops and practices. Each year, Chrysalis offers unique and innovative programs for our membership, as well as for the broader Richmond community.
CEO Statement

As my first six months as Executive Director at Chrysalis Institute, I have met with scores of stakeholders ranging from those who have been with the organization for the full 20 years to those who are just now discovering the organization. Every single person I’ve met with either cares deeply for this organization or is eager to know us more intimately. They have shared with me the things that Chrysalis does well, how we fill a unique gap in our community, and how we can continue to improve as an organization. They have helped me paint both the picture of the last 20 years and a vision of the future. I love learning how Chrysalis has improved the quality of life for so many, and hearing how so many are committed to continuous personal growth in an infinite number of ways. The spiritualities and practices are as numerous as the conversations - and that is beautiful. 

It is an honor to lead this groundbreaking organization into the future. I follow in the footsteps of a number of visionary volunteer leaders and dedicated supporters who have helped shape Chrysalis Institute into what it is today; the place that many call the “future of spirituality”.

If you are not a current member, please consider joining us. Chrysalis is a nonprofit - our members are an important part of our sustainability and help us build a beautiful spiritual community in Richmond. Together we will substantially raise individual and community levels of spirituality, consciousness, creativity, wisdom, and compassion.

I am looking forward to meeting even more of you! Please reach out to me if you’d like to chat.

Board Chair Statement
As I write this leadership letter, an image comes to my mind. It is a group of hikers climbing a mountain. The climb is deliberate, methodical, and attimes arduous. It is also exhilarating, exciting, and spiritual. An important aspect of the ascent is the group of hikers. They move as a team; sometimesone person is leading, at other times, people hang back to support others. There are aspects of the journey that are absolutely beautiful and scared. There are other parts that are difficult, messy, and complicated. This is the image that I have of Chrysalis for the last year. Our mission is clear. The Institute is launched. We know we can make a difference in Richmond and perhaps beyond. We have a fabulous staff in place as we create our place in the community. Our committees are strong and providing leadership. Our programs are relevant and are filling up quickly. We are creating a new and wonderful curriculum, Spiritual Paths, which will change lives. We are also creating opportunities for us to come together and support each other’s spiritualjourneys but also consider ways in which we might impact the community.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Greater Richmond, Virginia, area. Some programs draw attendance from Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, and Charlottesville.
Board Chair
Board Chair Aubrey Ford
Company Affiliation President
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Priscilla Burbank Community Volunteer
Jessica Coffey Natural Awakenings
Kim Fauss New Growth Ventures
Aubrey Ford Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner
Jane Hopkins Jane Hopkins & Associates
Felisha Jones VSU
Roberta Keller Alexis Advisors
Vicki Saunders Community Volunteer
Robert Sneed Sneed's Nursery
Martha Tyler Still Point Massage Therapy
Susan Wootton Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Youth Board Members
Eden Garcia Thaler Student
Darienne Montgomery Student
Alex Randall Student
Melissa Stegner Student
Caroline Wilson Student
Executive Director
Executive Director Rachel Sari Kopelovich Douglas
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 38
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description Chrysalis Institute is a Richmond-based nonprofit organization that offers a wide variety of programs related to spiritual growth beyond conventional boundaries of any one faith. Specifically, Chrysalis offers two themed semesters of programming, offering both width and breadth in one topic. Chrysalis Institute explores such topics as: Science and Spirituality: Living with Uncertainty, Seeking the Sacred in All Things, Creativity: The Soul Speaks, and A Nourishing Spirituality: Food, Body, and Soul. Within each semester, Chrysalis brings together local and national experts, putting together a set of experiential workshops, lectures, panels, and conversations with diverse perspectives on the topic at hand. Past presenters have included quantum physicists, theologians, Jungian analysts, artists, gardeners, storytellers, poets, religious scholars, mindfulness coaches, and more.
Budget $100,000.00
Description Chrysalis Institute is also launching a new program that will serve as its cornerstone offering. Spiritual Paths: Creating a Life of Meaning is a deeply engaging nine-month curriculum that provides the tools and space for participants to explore their own spirituality and create, deepen, or expand unique and sustainable spiritual practices that feed their souls.
Budget $35,000.00
Description Throughout the year, Chrysalis also offers opportunities for individuals to come together for consistent spiritual practices. These practice groups meet weekly or monthly and give the opportunity to try a new spiritual practice, deepen an existing one, and find a sense of community. Chrysalis currently has yoga nidra, communal singing, shamanic drumming, Nia, journaling, and reiki practice groups on the calendar. Additionally, Chrysalis hosts quarterly contemplative programs to mark the changing seasons. These include a silent Ember Day retreat at The Clearing in Amelia County and a meditative labyrinth walk.
Budget $7,500.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $375,281.00
Projected Expenses $375,281.00
Endowment Value $111,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$262,345$153,358$113,931
Administration Expense$14,678$4,620$15,995
Fundraising Expense$8,896$4,797$4,111
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.140.61
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%94%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%4%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$152,053$161,673$139,654
Current Assets$152,053$161,673$139,654
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$152,053$161,673$139,654
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Form 102View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS Form 990-EZ.