About 343 Consulting

Our Approach

Leading with strategy

We believe that effective marketing can only come from an effective strategy.  We take the time to think about the “why” of your projects before we get to the “what”.


Going deep with our clients

We become part of your team. We do not work from the periphery but we fully engage to know and understand our your organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities so we can help drive growth as you define it.


Executing only what’s necessary

We do not create marketing assets just because everyone else is doing them. We will only sell and build you what is necessary to grow your reach and sustain your organization for growth. We believe our growth will only come from providing assets that are actually helpful.


Engaging in long term relationships

Our work is rarely transactional. We are driven by relationship and connection. This means we are in it for the long haul with our you. Walking with you through whatever may come their way – we don’t disappear when things get hard.


Being experts in our field

We believe there are good, average and best ways to do things. We work hard to educate ourselves to continue to find and discover the best ways to execute our strategies and projects.

Our Values

Relentless positivity

We refuse to be allow negative thinking to drive us from not reaching out your organization’s goals. We’re indefatigable in our positivity and are always finding ways to see others, our clients and the world in the most positive way possible.


Connectiveness

Relationships drive us and are at the core of our work. The people we work with, internally and externally, will always be more important than the projects we work on. (That said, the projects we work on will be important because they are connected to our clients!)


Fun with depth

We like to have fun while also maintaining depth and seriousness about our work.


Execution

We know what ideas and strategy are only as valuable as the assets and projects that are executed from them. We are relentless in “getting things done” and making sure to bring our research and ideas to life where they will bring the change and make a real difference.


Education

We relentlessly grow in knowledge and best practices in our field. We aim to always be on the front edge of the latest trends and methods so that our clients are always pushing forward towards growth and relevance.

343 Consulting is owned by Todd Hiestand who has 15+ years experience founding, leading, fundraising and consulting with nonprofit organizations.

Work Experience


Todd has been developing WordPress websites for nonprofits and small businesses since 2004 – that’s like 497 years in internet years.

Todd spent 3 years at working in the crowdfunding and technology space at Pure Charity where he consulted and interacted with hundreds of nonprofit leaders and organizations, focusing on best practices for fundraising with a focus on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising.

Todd served on the Lemonade International board of directors for 7 years. Lemonade International is the United States based fundraising arm for work in Central America’s largest urban slum in Guatemala City.

Todd served on the development team as the Associate Director of Development for Compassion First, an international nonprofit that provides long-term, hope-filled solutions for survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation.

Todd spent the last two years consulting and working with Funraise, a leading and innovative fundraising platform. 

He spent 14 years as a co-founder and Lead Pastor of an innovative local church, The Well, in the Philadelphia area that was focused on local mission and local impact.

 

Personal Stuff


Todd and his wife live in Clackamas, Oregon – a suburb right outside Portland.

They are doing their best to parent four boys who constantly eat all their food.

His wife is big time, she co-runs an Original Goat Yoga location right outside of Portland, OR where help they care for 8 goats and 2 alpacas.

You can read more about Todd on his personal website.

You might be wondering, "What does the 343 in 343 Consulting stand for?"

Todd Hiestand

 

Here’s the story.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Todd Hiestand played college basketball. Before you find yourself too impressed, keep in mind that for his first two years his team was in the NCCAA (yes, there are two “C”s in there) and his final two years his team played on a provisional NCAA Division III level.

Still impressed?

We feel compelled to reveal that his freshman year his team lost a game by 71 points. His team actually scored 70 points. Yes, that means the other team doubled Todd’s team’s score.

It was not pretty. In fact, it got so bad that midway through the game the other team’s players started asking each other who’s turn it was to dunk next.

On this very impressive team Todd had one job: go in and shoot three pointers and then sit back down again. He didn’t pass much. He did not even dribble much. Did he play defense? Yes, but it wasn’t very effective.

He mostly just shot three pointers. And he did that job pretty well.

As of this writing, Todd still holds the 3rd and 5th highest single season 3-point shooting percentages in his school’s history. (He refuses to go check to see if this has changed recently).

With this being his role, his goal for each game was simple: Go 3 for 3 from behind the 3 point line.

He knew what he was good at. He focused on helping his team in that one simple way.

And that’s how we focus our consulting.

We help our clients by being as perfect as possible in the specific ways we are called to serve them.

We focus on our strengths, know what we are good at and know when we need to call in teammates for help.

With this approach, we are confident losing by 71 points is far behind us.

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