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Okta for Good: Why We Took the 1% Pledge

Todd McKinnon
CEO & Co-Founder

I’m proud that Okta has developed a solution that has helped so many organizations — big and small — achieve their important missions. Whether you work at a multinational corporation or a nonprofit with three employees, every organization deserves the opportunity to bridge the innovation gap and build the best experiences for their people.

Technology can truly be the catalyst for positive change, which is why we recently debuted our Okta for Good program and took the 1% pledge — committing our time, product, and equity to give back to the community.

Pledge 1% is a corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business. We’re giving back 1% of our company to our community by:

  • Offering Okta for free to nonprofits with 25 employees or fewer, and offering deep discounts to larger organizations;

  • Joining ImpactCloud, the Box-led coalition of cloud vendors (including DocuSign, Salesforce.org, Splunk, Tableau and Twilio) to offer our products and support to crisis response organizations following a disaster;

  • Partnering with other companies in the San Francisco Bay area to raise $10 million to fight poverty via SF Gives;

  • Encouraging our employees to give back to the community through our employee volunteer program.

    There are millions of nonprofits in the world, each one on a mission to make the world a better place. I hope that our commitment will help them do their most important work. City Year’s VP of IT Services, Christine Sullivan described the impact best when she said, “We’ve been able to lift a lot of the day-to-day burden off of our IT staff and refocus that workforce on other projects that are aligned to City Year’s mission.”

See how organizations like City Year, Rotary International, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Alzheimer’s Society and American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) are benefitting from Okta in the video below.

And if you’re an organization looking to get more involved in social good, you too can join the movement — Pledge 1% just celebrated its 1,000th pledge and we would love to have you join us.


Todd McKinnon
CEO & Co-Founder

Todd McKinnon is the CEO and co-founder of Okta, the leading provider of enterprise identity, which he co-founded in2009 with Frederic Kerrest. Under Todd’s leadership, Okta has transformed the way millions of people access technology and put identity at the forefront of security.

Todd’s experience as a leader and technology visionary spans more than 25 years, with deep roots in enterprise software and cloud transformation. Prior to Okta, he led engineering at Salesforce.com, where he grew the team from 15 people to more than 250, and the service from two million daily transactions to more than 150 million. Todd started his career at PeopleSoft, where he held a number of engineering and leadership roles throughout his 8-year tenure.

Todd earned his bachelor’s degree in management and information systems from Brigham Young University and his master’s in computer science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A Bay Area native, Todd is an advisor to Family House and an advocate for equality and inclusion. He is a husband and father, an exercise addict, and a mountain bike enthusiast.

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