PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 13, 2021 – Tech Impact, a 501(c)(3) that empowers communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world, today announced Francis Johnson, Managing Director, Technology Services at the nonprofit, has been named Nonprofit Technology Fellow for the Okta for Good Nonprofit Technology Initiative. The inaugural fellowship program, which received 340 applications from across the globe, aims to amplify the voices of leaders across the nonprofit sector advocating for a movement toward better use and implementation of technology. Johnson, one of eight Fellows, was awarded (via Tech Impact) a $25,000 grant to advance Tech for Good thought leadership throughout the six-month program.
“We are thrilled to name Francis Johnson a Nonprofit Technology Fellow,” said Victor Cordon, senior program manager, philanthropy at Okta. “Francis is a proven thought leader who is building the future of technology, innovation, and social impact. By directly supporting Francis and other Fellows as nonprofit technology leaders, we are advancing the thought leadership of experts in the field who share Okta for Good’s vision for a paradigm shift in the way that nonprofits are funded and enabled to leverage technology. We are excited for Francis to further our understanding in his area of focus—protecting critical data and vulnerable identities that nonprofits hold.”
Francis hails from The Gambia in West Africa where he managed an Internet cafe before moving to the U.S. to study computer science at Eastern Mennonite University. He has more than 14 years of nonprofit experience and is passionate about helping nonprofits build their technology and operational capacity to serve more constituents and communities efficiently and securely.
“I’m honored to be named a Nonprofit Technology Fellow by Okta for Good,” shared Francis Johnson. “There is a huge need in the nonprofit sector for cybersecurity support and education. Tech Impact’s goal is to help nonprofits thrive and in order for them to thrive they must prioritize cybersecurity. I’m grateful to the Okta team for providing additional resources to help us increase capacity and help nonprofits implement proper cybersecurity measures.”
Okta for Good also named Tech Impact a grantee for its Ecosystems and Capacity Building grant stream as Okta continues to double down on proven partnerships advancing nonprofit technology through access, implementation and use. The grant will support Tech Impact’s work providing wraparound technology services to nonprofit organizations without in-house technology expertise, with a focus on cybersecurity for nonprofits.
For more information on Okta for Good and its Nonprofit Technology Initiative, visit https://www.okta.com/blog/2021/04/oktane21-announcing-1-point-6m-in-new-grants-for-the-nonprofit-technology-initiative/.
About Tech Impact
Tech Impact is a nonprofit on a mission to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve the world. The organization is a leading provider of technology education and solutions for nonprofits and operates award-winning IT and customer experience training programs designed to help young adults launch their careers. Tech Impact offers a comprehensive suite of technology services that include managed IT support, data and strategy services, telecommunications, and cloud computing integration and support. In 2018, it expanded its education and outreach capabilities by merging with Idealware, an authoritative source for independent, thoroughly-researched technology resources for the social sector. Tech Impact’s ITWorks and CXWorks training programs have graduated hundreds of young adults with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to start their careers in the technology and customer experience industries. The organization also operates Punchcode, a coding bootcamp based in Las Vegas, NV.
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