2023 Okta For Good Impact Report
Learn about our progress toward building a safely connected world where everyone can belong and thrive.
2022 by the numbers
in cash contributed by the Okta for Good Fund, Okta, Inc., and Okta employees
in technology and services donated
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
renewable electricity achieved to match our office, remote workforce, and third-party cloud service electricity consumption
- Trust-based giving
- Digital equity and security
- Climate action
We accelerated our giving, prioritizing long-term partnerships and multifaceted support for nonprofit partners.
We deployed $6M in grants in 2022 from the Okta for Good Fund, Okta, Inc., and Okta employees, supporting nearly 4,000 organizations worldwide. Of our grant dollars, 62% were multi-year commitments and 56% were unrestricted. Unrestricted grants are an important way to build trust, and they enable our partners to invest in their own capacity, infrastructure, and long-term health. Auth0.org (the social-impact arm of Auth0, acquired by Okta in May of 2021) granted an additional $3.5M in charitable grants to support 28 organizations. We also expanded our racial equity work, creating the Racial Equity Philanthropy Fellowship to connect employees to the work of our partners.
Digital equity and security
We leveraged our people, products, and dollars to address barriers to digital equity and cybersecurity for all.
We supported thousands of nonprofits around the world with over $5M in donated products and services to help them secure the online identities of their employees, donors, and stakeholders. We launched our $1M Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio, and a major public-private partnership with NetHope, USAID, and the CyberPeace Institute to create the world’s first Humanitarian Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC), helping nonprofits better respond to cyber threats. We also deployed nearly $750K in digital equity grants in 2022, supporting partners working to close the digital divide across 13 global communities.
We made significant progress in Okta’s climate journey, and forged partnerships with tech peers and community partners.
After achieving 100% renewable electricity for our global offices and remote workforce as of 2020 and 2021, respectively, in 2022 Okta extended that goal to include our third-party cloud services. In 2022, our science-based targets for absolute emissions reductions were validated, and we expanded our climate equity grants, increasing our focus on the disproportionate impact climate change has on marginalized communities. We also helped local partners build solar capacity for low-income communities.
Turning commitment into action
Our work: Tech for Good
- Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio
- Nonprofit Tech Fellowship
- The Innovation Lab
Nonprofit Cybersecurity Portfolio
Nonprofit organizations are some of the most at risk from the growing threat of cyber attacks, putting millions of already vulnerable people at even greater risk. In 2022, we committed over $1M to six core partners developing innovative strategies to address the security needs of nonprofits: NetHope, CyberPeace Institute, Simply Secure, Norwegian Refugee Council, the UC Berkeley Center for Long-term Cybersecurity, and TechSoup. These grants are powering programs focused on cybersecurity capacity building, coordinated incident response, and helping small nonprofits take their first steps to get into a “security-ready posture.”
We also announced a memorandum of understanding with NetHope and USAID for establishing the world’s first Humanitarian Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) to build cybersecurity shared services and new tools for this sector. We are already seeing learnings from this collaboration applied to real-world crises and are eager to see this work grow.
Nonprofit Tech Fellowship
We launched the second cohort of the Nonprofit Tech Fellowship, which supports the professional development of thought leaders building the future of technology, innovation, and social impact. The program offers facilitated gatherings, one-on-one coaching, and networking in addition to providing a $25,000 grant to each Fellow’s organization.
The Innovation Lab
We announced the Okta for Good Innovation Lab in 2021, and in 2022, we continued our partnership with grantees Tech Matters, Mercy Corps, and TechnoServe. Each organization is leveraging identity technology to transform services for vulnerable people. Okta for Good provides technology donations, unrestricted grant dollars, and a team of pro bono identity experts to support these projects.
Grantee & customer success stories
“We're not just moving words and pictures around. We're moving actual dollars. A secure identity system is absolutely the backbone of the business, our mission, and the connection between borrowers and lenders. It's imperative for us to have a reliable, accessible, and secure identity system.”
Head of Engineering, Kiva
Our work: Empowered employees and communities
- Tech Pathways Week
- Increasing global reach and impact
- Expanding our commitment to racial equity
- Record-setting employee impact
Tech Pathways Week
In FY23, we celebrated our 6th annual Tech Pathways Week, which brought together a global community of nearly 750 employees and job seekers to address the opportunity gap in tech careers. Of student participants, 94% said the session improved their confidence in networking with professionals and 89% reported increased expectations for their education and/or careers because of the event.
Increasing global reach and impact
Our community impact efforts expanded with new partnerships in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and we established our first partnership in Ireland. Partners include Indigitek, hEr VOLUTION, Colorintech, and INCO Academy Ireland, respectively. We are committed to trust-based philanthropy. To better support our grantees we launched a grantee-capacity strengthening program in 2022, focused on delivering value “beyond the check” and rooted in helping grantees meet their missions.
Expanding our commitment to racial equity
We evolved our Racial Justice & Equity Employee Advisory Board into an annual Fellowship program, an experiential learning opportunity designed to immerse employees in the world of philanthropy. We connected Fellows to racial equity grantees working in the voting rights space: Asian Law Caucus, Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute, Native American Rights Fund, and TurnUp Activism. We elevated their work among our employees, naming the systemic factors contributing to inequality in voting access, and offered tactics to begin addressing those factors.
Record-setting employee impact
2022 was a record-setting year for our employee impact program, with 88% of employees volunteering and/or donating and reaching nearly 4,000 nonprofits worldwide. Earlier in the year, and in response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and other areas of the world, we activated a special 2:1 matching campaign deploying more than $360,000 globally. During the holiday season, we hosted our biggest Holiday Giving Campaign to date. In just under two weeks, 82% of our company participated, supporting more than 25,000 causes and providing more than $400,000 to our communities.
“Okta is a much-valued long-term partner of the Australian Business and Community Network, providing multi-tiered support to help Australian young people from low socio-economic areas get into careers in technology. In addition to financial support, Okta provides high-quality volunteer mentors, working directly with school students to help them explore career pathways and how to get there.”
CEO, Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN)
Our work: Climate action
- Emissions reductions
- Climate equity grants
- Climate equity & renewable energy
With a goal of reducing emissions across our ecosystem, we
- Are right-sizing our global office footprint and building out all new direct leased offices to both the LEED Silver and WELL Silver standard
- Joined the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) to work collaboratively to reduce travel emissions
- Are engaging our vendors to set their own targets in collaboration with other members of the Business Council on Climate Change (BC3), with whom we created guides for setting and achieving emissions reduction targets
Climate equity grants
Okta for Good’s climate equity grant portfolio brings a community lens to complement Okta’s internal climate strategy. In 2022, Okta committed new, multi-year grant support to The Solutions Project to support grassroots organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico on the frontlines of the climate crisis. This organization joins existing grantees GRID Alternatives, which builds community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice, and CLIMA Fund, which supports grassroots climate solutions.
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 “net new” solar energy. We are 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 to everyone, particularly low-to-moderate income communities and communities of color in Louisiana. Through the Solar Power for All program, PosiGen is making it possible for families to invest in their homes, save money on their utility bills, and take steps toward a brighter future.
“Solar Stewards is honored to work with companies like Okta who understand the value of local renewable energy procurement and climate justice. Including Social RECs within their ESG strategy puts them on the leading edge of impact and equity.”
Dana Clare Redden
Founder, Solar Stewards