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

Making coffee soda with your SodaStream and your Aeropress

I just bought a Sodastream and it has already made me a better person. I am now one step closer to sainthood because of it. This is not a hyperbolic statement. This morning, in a brilliant epiphany, I realized that I can make the coffee soda that I always get when I go to fancy coffee […]

The Suburban Life is Not Normal

Over the last week or so I have been doing my best to listen and reflect in my own experience of life in America. It has become more and more clear to me that my experience does not reflect the experience of so many people in this world. Of course, I have always known this. […]

Three Essential Elements of Successful New Year’s Resolutions

If you are like me, your resolutions (whether they are for the New Year or not) constantly fail. Let’s look at three successful elements of what makes lasting change possible.

Open Your Door to the Problem of Racial Injustice

Dr. King once spoke the following words: “No American can afford to be apathetic about the problem of racial justice. It is a problem that meets every man at his front door.” This is so very true. However, so very many of us in the world have become so very good at closing our front […]

Racist Like Me

I’m afraid it will never go away He walks into the coffee shop, by instinct I prepare myself for what he might do. I do not try and think this, It just happens. I’ve been taught this way of thinking since I was a child. It was rarely explicit, but constantly implicit. Black skinned men […]

I am Not a Pastor and I Still Love the Church

So, for the first time in 18 years I have spent significant time not being a pastor, studying to be a pastor or hoping to one day be a pastor. Actually, let’s analyze the numbers and see how accurate this is: 3: The number of years I spent in high school youth group wanting to be […]