There’s no doubt about it making asks can be one of the most intimidating job requirements for any fundraiser. The thought of sitting across the table from someone and asking them to give your school $25,000 or $500,000 is enough to make many people avoid the profession altogether. Yet the ability to make a donor request in person or over the phone is one of the most essential skills any fundraiser can possess. Sure, writing great grants is important. Holding seamless events is too. But nothing compares to the ability to make a convincing, non-threatening, inspiring fundraising ask.