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

Join Me in Supporting Our Friends in La Limonada

I am inviting you to join my little giving community where we will come together to each give $15/month to support Lemonade International and the people of La Limonada in Guatemala City. Here’s why?  I am a firm believer that together we can accomplish more than we can alone. It is sometimes hard to feel like you are […]

There is Hope Everywhere

Earlier this summer I had the unique privilege of going on a prayer walk with Tita Evertz through the streets and alleys of La Limonada. I consider it one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to walk the path between the two schools that she directs. One is in a section […]

Why I'm Running The Chicago Marathon

(I’m raising awareness/money for Lemonade International by running the 2011 Chicago Marathon. You can help education and feed the children of La Limonada by donating here). About a year and a half ago a friend of mine, Katie Nolan, was lost on Mt. Hood. She and her two friends who were hiking with her died […]

I am Joining the Lemonade International Board

It was with a deep sense of humility that I can announce that I have officially joined the board of Lemonade International.  Lemonade International exists to “educate and empower the people of the largest urban slum in Central America, La Limonada.” La Limonada is known to have the 4th highest murder rate in the world. […]

La Limonada – Tattooed On Our Hearts

I always love it when you meet someone and from that point on your life takes a difference course than you could have ever expected. About a year ago, at an IdeaCamp conference I was introduced to a young looking, old man named Bill Cummings (I seriously had no clue he was in his 40’s, […]

La Limonada – Day 2

Today was our second full day in La Limonada with Lemonade International. We continue to talk about how we don’t have categories in our brain for what we are experiencing. I feel completely in the middle of a fog and I don’t know what’s on the other side. It’s a good fog though. You might […]

La Limonada – Day 1

Today was our first day in La Limonada. The picture above is from the top of the ravine where we visited with a family who had lost their home in the recent storms. They are now living in a communal shelter where they share a 9ft. by 4ft. space with three other families. I’ve seen […]

Lemonade International

Last fall I was at The Idea Camp conference in Washington D.C. While I was there I learned that there was some guy representing an organization from Guatemala called Lemonade International. Since our second son is adopted from there, and we had a desire to serve that country, I sought him out as quickly as […]