Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

Mailing List Subscription Stupidity

This is what you call re-dic-u-lous. These days, there is absolutely no reason that I should have to wait 10 days for your records to be updated. Get with it people. It’s 2008. Not 1996. Don’t even get me started on how I got on the list in the first place. I’ve never used their […]

The Miracles of Technology

I don’t share YouTube videos on this blog very often (though, i did design it so they would embed really nicely into the left column here).  But, this guy has totally shared my feelings about technology exactly.  And, if I’m being humble, he is almost as funny as me. I saw this via Matt Heerema […]

Moving from Man to Man to Zone Defense…

So, in May/June Melanie and I will be switching defenses. We’re going from man on man to zone.   That’s right. Two kids to three. Needless to say we’re pretty excited about the transition.     It’s going to bring about some major changes.   Cole is excited.  He wants a little sister.  Mason on […]

Reflections on the 2008 Election

I don’t delve into polictics on my blog alot.  Heck, I don’t delve into politics in my life a lot.   But, whether you voted for Obama or McCain, tonight was historic. I had a stream of thoughts as I wanted the events unfold tonight. Here are a few of them: I don’t believe that the […]

Aug – October Phamily Photos

It’s been a while since I uploaded pictures to our flickr account. I’ve added a bunch. Here is a sample.

Fix My Country. Just Don't Ask Me To Do Anything.

Over the past few weeks I have been struck with the fact that Americans are basically looking for a president who will: Fix our country’s financial crisis Figure out what to do with the mess in Iraq  Guarantee protection from all possible terrorist attacks Reform Healthcare. Find a solution to social security Okay, I’ll stop there. […]

ESPN Linkage: My 15 Minutes of Non-Fame

Most of you know a recent blog post of mine was one of the links in this article on (go to #6 and click the link there).  Needless to say, it was pretty cool. There was a bit of a traffic spike for me from the link but I’m almost sure that is because […]

God Hates Philadelphia Sports Teams

Perhaps William Penn and God are in cahoots on this one…

Reflecting on Adoption

Tomorrow we are celebrating our son Mason’s 2nd birthday.  (His birthday is on the 30th though).  It’s hard to be believe that he’s that big. It’s been a whirlwind since he came home to be part of our family (he’s adopted btw). He’s such a spunky kid and has a lot of personality. His smile and […]

How To Start a Blog…

So over the past few years I’ve had a number friends who have said they wanted to start a blog but they didn’t know how. There is always the “here is why I have a blog” approach and often people start out saying “i don’t know why I am blogging” or “I am not sure […]