At Okta, we believe that nonprofits should have access to the same cutting edge technology as large corporations. These organizations do the hardest work in society, and they deserve to be equipped with cutting edge technology to protect their extremely vulnerable data. This premise is at the heart of Okta for associations, which has donated over $ 3.4 million in technology and services to nonprofits and provided over $ 100,000 in pro bono professional services in 2020 alone.
Product donations and rebates help nonprofits access cutting edge technology and grow their cybersecurity posture, and this support has its place in our program. But we know that real support isn’t just about facilitating access – it requires active engagement. Over the years, we’ve evolved the way we support our nonprofit partners by helping them improve and develop essential security skills.
Okta for Good Professional pro bono services
Okta Professional Services (PS) Team is a group of identity and access management experts who use proven methodologies to solve complex customer issues with Okta products. To do this, they partner and collaborate closely with our customers, continually bringing innovative solutions to the table.
Five years ago, the PS team took an unprecedented step and decided to take the 1% promise as a department. This meant committing to donating 1% of their billable hours to nonprofits that needed help with identity and access management, or to improve their cybersecurity. The team’s commitment shows the commitment of Okta employees to making a positive impact.
“From the start, it was clear that the members of Okta’s Professional Services organization had a passion for giving back to the nonprofit community. We employ delivery team volunteers who feel connected to a particular non-profit organization and usually have a surplus of employees. who raise their hands to help. –Todd gunther, sales manager of professional services
The 1% commitment led to the launch of the Okta for Good Professional pro bono services program in 2019, which is designed to help nonprofits get the most out of Okta. The initiative is open to all US-based organizations and offers 19 hours with the PS team. These times can be used for a number of different use cases:
Single sign-on support to reduce the negative impacts of poor password hygiene on cybersecurity
Writing multi-factor authentication (MFA) policies to better secure access to association resources and sensitive data
Configuration Okta Integration Network applications and automate provisioning and deprovisioning to avoid security vulnerabilities caused by human error
With this support at their disposal, nonprofits can rest assured that their technology infrastructure is secure and better positioned to serve their cause.
“We received a donation from Okta For Good: they gave us 19 hours of pro bono professional services, and that was very important to us. We were able to deploy AMF throughout the organization with their help. We worked on setting it up for all of our field users in Africa, Latin America and India in about three to four weeks. It has been an incredible success, and it has dramatically improved our safety. “-Jim McKinnery, Senior Director of Global Information and Communications Technologies, TechnoServe
The Okta Nonprofit Tech Fellowship
In addition to our pro bono professional services, we also support non-profit organizations through our Not-for-profit technology initiative, which aims to contribute to a paradigm shift in the way nonprofits are funded and digitally activated. As part of this program, we have committed to investing $ 10 million from our Okta for Good fund to better equip nonprofits with the right technologies, networks and partnerships.
A key element of this initiative is the Nonprofit Technology Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to support nonprofit leaders who are building the future of innovation, social impact, and technology to develop their thought leadership. In this space, it is extremely important to nurture non-partisan entities that keep social good in mind. We provide these leaders with a grant of $ 25,000, as well as partnerships, peer links and publication channels, and professional communication coaching.
Fellows come from a variety of technological backgrounds, including cybersecurity, and have been able to get things done by sharing their knowledge beyond the program. For example, Francois Johnson, general manager of technological services at Technological impact, published an article highlighting cybersecurity risks that non-profit organizations face, a useful asset for reference organizations.
Tech Impact pursues a mission to better serve the world with technology, and Francis believes cybersecurity programs are essential: “Appropriate cybersecurity programs are difficult to create and maintain even without the resource constraints that most organizations face. nonprofits are facing, which is why it is absolutely essential for nonprofit funders to support cybersecurity initiatives. ”
Create opportunities for nonprofits
In the spirit of supporting and equipping leaders of nonprofits with the right tools to create stronger security features in their organizations, the Okta for good The team continues to develop programs and initiatives that do just that. This is just one example of how we are building an ecosystem of technical, financial and educational support for our nonprofit clients.