2024 Okta For Good Impact Report

Learn about our progress toward building a safely connected world where everyone can belong and thrive.

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2023 by the numbers


in cash contributed by the Okta for Good Fund, Okta, Inc., and Okta employees, representing a 22% year-over-year increase


in technology and services donated, representing a 25% year-over-year increase


employee participation in Okta For Good (giving and/or volunteering)


nonprofits supported through giving and volunteering


employees and interns brought on as part of our workforce development initiatives


nonprofit customers who have successfully adopted multi-factor authentication


Okta’s vision is to free everyone to safely use any technology. For us, how we build toward that vision is as important as what we build. This means striving to do right by all of our stakeholders, including customers, employees and our wider communities. It also means staying the course on our commitments to social and environmental impact through Okta for Good. We know that our business only thrives when the ecosystem around us is thriving, and we are committed to remaining a trusted partner to all of our stakeholders in the years ahead.

—Todd McKinnon, CEO and Co-Founder, Okta

In a challenging year where we have seen a rise in climate emergencies, global conflicts, cybersecurity threats, and risks and opportunities with technologies like AI, Okta for Good has continued to stay focused on the unique ways Okta - and our ecosystem - can help. Here’s what we’ve been keeping an eye on:

  • Rising cyber threats are a top 10 global risk over the next 10 years. This impacts every sector, including nonprofits, who are the 2nd most attacked sector when it comes to cyber threats.
  • The challenge of global cyber threats also presents opportunities. With 4M unfilled cybersecurity jobs, we can accelerate cyber resilience while also giving more communities access to thriving jobs in cybersecurity.
  • The climate emergency continues, and 2023 was the warmest year on record. The increasing severity and frequency of natural disasters and extreme weather events are sobering reminders of the risks to people and planet should we fail to mitigate climate change. The corporate sector has a powerful role and responsibility to take action.

We recognize the interconnected nature of societal issues, and we strive to ensure that social and environmental impact is integrated across our business strategy and processes. This year, we continued to work toward Okta for Good’s vision of building a safely connected world where everyone can belong and thrive. As the jobs of nonprofits get harder, as our communities need even greater support, companies must continue to step up. We invite you to read on to learn from our work over the last year and join us in continuing to invest.

—Erin Baudo Felter, VP, Social Impact and Sustainability, Okta


Key takeaways

  • Nonprofit digital transformation
  • Cybersecurity threats and opportunities
  • Climate action

Nonprofit digital transformation

We leverage our people, products and dollars to advance digital transformation for the nonprofit sector globally.

Through our philanthropic efforts, we grew our investments globally as we supported innovative solutions to help nonprofits around the world better leverage technology. We donated $6M in products and services to nonprofits around the world, helping them secure the online identities of their employees, donors, and stakeholders. Our partnership with CAST in the United Kingdom is advancing the concept of reuse - where one organization uses a digital technology developed by another organization - as a means of saving time and money in testing out new ideas. Through our partnership with Infoxchange in Australia, we are joining a coalition of partners committed to supporting Australian nonprofits to leverage digital technologies for productivity and efficiency, impact measurement, and cybersecurity. Finally, in the fall of 2023, we welcomed our third cohort of Fellows of our Nonprofit Technology Fellowship - which supports the professional development of thought leaders building the future of technology, innovation, and social impact.


Cybersecurity threats and opportunities

We committed to increasing our investments in opportunities to address cyber threats impacting society, and expanded our focus on supporting cybersecurity talent.

Building off the $1M Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio we announced in June 2022, we deepened our focus in cybersecurity by funding research in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. This research aims to identify emerging cybersecurity trends and risks for government, industry and civil society, and enable better collaboration to manage these challenges. We celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of NetHope’s humanitarian Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) -- a first-of-its-kind partnership that has enabled coordinated action from the humanitarian community following disasters like the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. We also announced a Cybersecurity Workforce Development Initiative in October 2023 that deploys philanthropy and educational grants to help close the technology and cybersecurity skills gap, with a focus on women, people of color, veterans and other jobseekers from underrepresented communities.


Climate action

We continued working toward our goal to achieve 100% renewable electricity annually by purchasing renewable electricity to match the electricity consumption of our offices and our third-party cloud service providers, as well as the estimated electricity consumption of our remote workforce.

In 2023, we took action toward progress on our science-based targets (SBTs) for absolute emissions reductions that were validated in 2022. We continue to invest in emissions reductions efforts across our real estate footprint by right-sizing our office space, working to achieve LEED certification for direct-leased offices, and prioritizing new leases in energy efficient and/or electric buildings. We launched a Sustainable Travel Guidebook to help Okta employees and external partners rethink and optimize their travel decision-making processes. We requested that Okta’s strategic vendors set SBTs as well. Finally, we expanded our climate equity grants, increasing our focus on the disproportionate impact climate change has on marginalized communities, and helped local partners build solar capacity for low-income communities.


Turning commitment into action

We established the Okta for Good Fund, a donor-advised fund through the Tides Foundation, to enable strategic grantmaking via Okta’s pre-IPO equity commitment. Okta’s CEO and Vice President of Social Impact and Sustainability oversee the fund’s vision, strategy, and grant recommendations, with input from an advisory board of nonprofit and business leaders.

Chart showing Annual Grantmaking out of the Okta for Good Fund
Breakdown of 2023 grants

Our work: Tech for Good


We recognize the power of identity technology, and strive to design programs and solutions that leverage Okta’s technology, expertise, and philanthropy to help meet society’s most critical challenges. By donating products and services to nonprofits, and furthering our efforts to bolster the security of our nonprofit customers, we continue to explore innovative uses of identity technology for advancing social impact.

  • Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio
  • Securing our Nonprofit Customers
  • Pro Bono Professional Services

Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio

Nonprofits provide critical services to support the world’s most vulnerable, and unfortunately, more than 50% of nonprofits report being targeted by cyberattacks.

In 2023, we entered the second year of our $1M nonprofit cybersecurity commitment, continuing partnerships with organizations advancing solutions to the evolving cyber threat landscape. In June, we announced a new $100,000 grant to the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity for their Cybersecurity Futures 2030 project, a global research initiative exploring how digital security could evolve by the end of the decade.


Securing our Nonprofit Customers

Nonprofits hold donor data and sensitive information on vulnerable populations that is often attractive to threat actors. Implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) is one of the simplest and most effective ways for nonprofits to better protect themselves against the credential abuse behind the vast majority of cyberattacks.

To help nonprofits strengthen the login security of their employees, consultants, volunteers and donors, the Okta for Good team launched efforts focused on increasing the share of Okta’s nonprofit customers who have adopted MFA. By the end of 2023, more than 70% of Okta’s nonprofit customers had successfully adopted MFA.


Pro Bono Professional Services

We recognize that to successfully leverage the full power of Okta’s technology, we must provide nonprofits with intentional support and enablement in addition to providing our products. That’s why we are proud to offer Pro Bono Professional Services to nonprofit customers, enabling them to partner directly with an Okta technical team to successfully deploy their Okta tenants. In 2023, 26 employees provided 247 hours of pro bono professional services to 13 nonprofits, resulting in more than $70,000 in donated services.


Grantee & customer success stories

CyberPeace Institute

The CyberPeace Institute aims to protect the most vulnerable in cyberspace by investigating and analyzing the human impact of systemic cyber threats, delivering free cybersecurity assistance, tracking the enforcement of international laws and norms, and forecasts threats to cyber peace. Okta provided a two-year, $150,000 grant to expand CyberPeace Builders, a program that connects corporate cyber volunteers with nonprofits in need of cybersecurity training. We believe that our partnership with the CyberPeace Institute to help connect private sector cybersecurity expertise and civil society organizations helps us further our goal to deliver impact at the ecosystem level. The CyberPeace Builders program has delivered incredible results – engaging 700 volunteers from 45 companies to reach more than 200 nonprofits with critical security expertise.

UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

The UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) works to anticipate the cyber challenges of the future and to articulate solutions that allow the world to adapt and prepare for those challenges. The CLTC is focused on expanding who has access to and participates in cybersecurity. Following an initial investment in 2022 to support the Center’s mission, Okta deepened its partnership by funding the Cybersecurity Futures 2030 report and by speaking at the CLTC’s inaugural Cyber Civil Defense Summit in Washington D.C in June 2023. As cybersecurity challenges become more common and more sophisticated, we strongly believe that cross-sector collaboration with research organizations like the CLTC can help identify opportunities that better inform decision-making about cybersecurity use and access.

Teach for America

Teach for America (TFA) maintains a network of 60,000 teachers, staff, and alumni who need safe access to online resources and collaboration tools. Okta helped TFA build out a Zero Trust environment, including Single-Sign-On, Multi-Factor Authentication, Lifecycle Management and Universal Directory. Today, TFA users can safely and seamlessly access resources at any time, from anywhere, through a single portal. With Okta’s Zero Trust environment as its baseline, TFA leadership plans for its IT to be entirely cloud-based within three years.

“The Zero Trust environment Okta helped us build has been a game changer. Our network of teachers, alumni, and staff can now securely and easily access everything they need, and can collaborate in a frictionless, productive way.”

Harpreet Bajwa

TFA’s Product Manager, Enterprise Identity Management

Our work: Employee and Community Impact

Okta for Good aims to catalyze a community of global changemakers, grounding our work in what communities need. We do this by empowering every Okta employee to drive social and environmental impact, fostering strong and collaborative community partnerships globally, and deploying philanthropy to organizations to help amplify their impact around the world.

  • Cyber workforce and STEM exposure
  • Increasing global reach and deepening impact
  • Investing in nonprofit technology governance
  • Record-setting employee impact

Cyber workforce and STEM exposure

We are committed to enabling equitable access to opportunity and thriving careers in technology. This year, we amplified those efforts by launching our Cyber Workforce Development Initiative, deploying philanthropy and educational credits. First, we deployed $1.6 million in grants out of the Okta for Good Fund to global organizations enabling pathways to cyber and other technology careers, particularly for women, people of color, veterans and other historically underrepresented talent within the technology industry. We deepened our investments in key partnerships and engaged with new organizations, including ColorStack, NPower and WiCys, among others. Second, we made 5,000 educational grants available for unemployed professionals looking to transition to careers in cybersecurity. We also provided these professionals access to training and certification programs at Okta. The program focuses on veterans, military spouses, and technology workers impacted by recent lay-offs.

Additionally, we are proud to align with the White House’s National Cyber & Education Workforce Strategy, particularly its focus on growing and enhancing the cyber workforce through improving its diversity and inclusion. Our corporate commitment to increase career opportunities for cybersecurity and technology talent is further described on the White House’s website.


Increasing global reach and deepening impact

In 2023, we expanded our community impact efforts through new partnerships around the world, including in Canada and the United Kingdom with reBOOT Canada and Coding Black Females. Additionally, we established our first partnerships in Poland and India with Fundacja Digital University and VIDYA Integrated Development for Youth and Adults, respectively.

Beyond our ongoing commitment to trust-based philanthropy, we continued delivering value in 2023 to help our grantees meet their missions. Together with Raise for Good, we hosted 22 leaders across 13 grantee organizations for a nine-week learning experience. In a series of expert-led workshops, leaders focused on a wide range of topics, including brand and storytelling, resource development, operational sustainability, and finance. 92% of leaders reported that the program enhanced the work and impact of their organization. Pre- and post-engagement surveys indicated a 40% reported increase in confidence among these leaders in building and leading their organization’s fundraising strategies.


Investing in nonprofit technology governance

Many nonprofits do not have the technology resources they need to achieve their missions. In particular, expensive, experienced tech talent can be out of reach for most nonprofits. Only one in four nonprofits report having a defined strategy for achieving digital readiness, and only about half of those have the resources to do so. Tech volunteers could help close this gap–while more than 400,000 tech professionals in the United States report interest in nonprofit board service on LinkedIn, support tends to be ad hoc and unreliable, and nonprofits seldom integrate this support into their long-term planning.

We are working to bridge this gap by supporting the launch of a new nonprofit, Board.Dev, which places technical leaders on nonprofit boards, focused on supporting the nonprofit with technology governance. In addition to funding Board.Dev’s growth, we also participated in matching and placing senior technical leaders at Okta to nonprofit board opportunities with forward-thinking organizations like Develop for Good, Empowr, Food Connect and Genesys Works.


Record-setting employee impact

2023 was a record-setting year for our employee impact program. 88% of employees volunteered and/or donated, with Okta’s employee efforts in total reaching nearly 4,000 nonprofits worldwide. During the holiday season, we hosted our biggest Holiday Giving Campaign to date. In less than two weeks, 86% of our company participated, supporting more than 2,500 causes and providing more than $600,000 to our communities.

We celebrated our 7th Annual Tech Pathways Week by announcing the transition of this effort from a week-long event into an annual, evergreen program. To inspire our employees to participate, we shared our goal of reaching 1,000 jobseekers in the upcoming 12 months, and kicked off efforts strongly engaging more than 500 employees and reaching more than 200 jobseekers. 93% of jobseekers said this year’s event improved their understanding of career opportunities in the tech sector, and 86% said the session improved their confidence in networking with professionals.

“ We are thankful for Okta’s ongoing partnership and all that it enables for our students. We are energized by the creative ways Okta brings its resources to bear to support our mission. Together, we are creating the most diverse pipeline of CTOs, engineers, and technologists!"

Michael Ellison

CEO, CodePath

Our work: Climate action

In 2023, we continued our efforts to achieve 100% renewable electricity to match the electricity consumption of our global offices, the estimated electricity consumption of our remote workforce, and the electricity consumption of our third-party cloud service providers.

For more details on Okta’s climate efforts, see our ESG energy and climate webpage, including our latest climate update and our climate equity blog.

  • Emissions reductions efforts
  • Climate action grantees
  • Climate equity & renewable energy

Emissions reductions efforts

In FY2024, our aim was to continue the prior year’s efforts to reduce emissions across our global footprint. These goals included: right-sizing our global office footprint and working to achieve both LEED Silver and WELL Silver standards for all new direct-leased offices; continuing our participation in the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA); and engaging our third-party vendors to set their own targets in collaboration with other members of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3).

[For information on our emissions reductions efforts during FY2023, please see our ESG Fact Sheet.]


Climate action grantees

Okta for Good’s climate equity grant portfolio brings a community lens to complement Okta’s internal climate strategy.

In 2023, we continued long-standing partnerships with GRID Alternatives, which builds community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice, CLIMA Fund, which supports grassroots climate solutions, and The Solutions Project, supporting grassroots organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

This year, we established a partnership with the Honnold Foundation, which partners with marginalized communities to expand equitable solar energy access.

Additionally, through our partners we learned that Indigenous peoples worldwide protect 80% of the world’s biodiversity, while making up only 5% of the global population. We invested in the First Nations Development Institute’s Tribal Lands Conservation Fund to support these efforts.


Climate equity & renewable energy

Okta prioritizes purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) with a social benefit. We currently support three projects:

Solar Stewards provides affordable clean energy and reduced utility bills for low-income residents, creating more equity in renewable energy markets and building solar energy. We are currently supporting their community solar project in Salt Lake City, Utah.

California Bright Schools supports the installation of solar photovoltaic systems on schools across the state. The solar installations support a curriculum that aligns with the state’s testing requirements and provides hands-on learning tools for schools.

PosiGen Solar Power For All makes solar affordable and accessible for Louisiana communities still affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, particularly low-to-moderate income communities and communities of color. Through the Solar Power for All program, PosiGen is making it possible for families to invest in their homes, save on their utility bills and take steps toward a brighter future.

“In neighborhoods across the country, frontline organizations — especially those run by women of color — innovate solutions to the climate crisis. With less than 2% of climate philanthropy going to grassroots climate justice organizations, support from partners like Okta is critical to our success advancing community-led climate solutions.”

Gloria Walton

President + CEO, The Solutions Project

Looking forward

At Okta, we strive to weave impact into the fabric of everything we do–from our products, to our culture, to the way we do business. Okta for Good seeks to pioneer how Okta creates long-term value for people and the planet. To actualize this, we are focused on:

  • Building trust-based partnerships. Working in true and transparent partnership with our customers, partners, employees, communities, and stakeholders is critical to our approach to meet the evolving needs of the world.
  • Driving business integration. As Okta grows, we aim for our impact to do the same. We empower everyone at Okta to see the potential for effecting positive change in their own work and commit real time and energy to social and environmental efforts.
  • Catalyzing action. We listen, collaborate and connect, providing blueprints and guidance rather than doing everything ourselves. We strive to keep pushing the boundaries of how business and technology can be a force for good.

Our mission is to build a safely connected world where everyone can belong and thrive. We’d like to thank our many partners, communities, employees and customers for your partnership to realize this vision. We look forward to all we will achieve together in 2024 and beyond.

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We have worked carefully to standardize our data. Unless otherwise noted, this report presents and analyzes data based on Okta’s fiscal calendar, which begins on February 1 and ends on January 31. We refer to years based on the February start date of a fiscal year. The year that began on February 1, 2023, and ended on January 31, 2024, is therefore referred to in this report as “2023” and “this year.” Similarly, the fiscal year that began on February 1, 2022, is referred to as “2022” or “last year.”

The sources of Okta’s philanthropic support include:

  • Cash contributions from The Okta for Good Fund
  • Cash contributions from Okta, Inc.
  • Cash contributions from Okta employees channeled through Okta for Good’s employee giving program
  • Donations of Okta’s technology and services

Learn more about Okta’s social and environmental impact