Hardly any of the "new ****" is happening in the golden land. Everything else is all improvements to the existing world. You don't need to donate to get there. That's about it, really.
We've had like four lotto changes in the last year and everyone is all up in arms about donations and how this is all about money. I took in five bucks yesterday. Thank you to the person who donated five bucks. Considering my costs, none of it was profit, however.
I've been operating in the red for a long time. The paypal account we built up is dwindling. That's why it got built up. So it could dwindle and the shard could live on while it did.