John Klocke to join St. John Paul II Catholic Schools as chief fundraiser

by JPII Catholic Schools

John Klocke

St. John Paul II Catholic Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of John Klocke for the new position of Major Gifts Officer in its Advancement Department.

Klocke is currently the Executive Director and chief fundraising officer at Mayville State University where he has spent the last eight years building a professional endowment and scholarship program as well as raising funds for an artificial turf field and a renovated Alumni and Leadership Center.

A Fargo native, Klocke has been a professional fundraiser for nearly 30 years and has worked for area charities including the Jamestown Hospital Foundation, Hospice of the Red River Valley, Salvation Army, The Village Family Service Center, and the FargoMoorhead Symphony. John has earned his Certified Fundraising Executive Credential (CFRE) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Klocke and his wife, Jan, have four children and twelve grandchildren. He attended Catholic elementary school and his children attended St. John’s Academy in Jamestown. He and Jan have seen firsthand the impact a Catholic education has had in their family.

Klocke observed, “As I look back on my career thus far it seems that all of my experiences have prepared me for this position. I am excited to work in the major gifts area and use my extensive experience in current and planned giving to help our benefactors accomplish their legacies through charitable giving.

“Catholic Education is one of the most important causes in the Church today and I hope to use my fundraising skills to help St. John Paul II Catholic Schools attain new heights for an already highly respected organization. I truly feel blessed to be able to serve,” Klocke added.

St. John Paul II Catholic Schools President Mike Hagstrom commented, “We are delighted to add John to our Advancement team; we expect his proven experience and expertise will take our Advancement efforts to a higher level and serve our mission and our supporters very well.”