@rubber-ducky, on Sep 15 2006, 12:39 AM, said in Question:
I sincerely believe that whatever you want to call it - be it "donation," "bribery," "kick-back," or "gift" - it is a bad idea, and will not speed the achievement of the desired goal. This is one of those areas where, if money talks, it's going to say the wrong thing.
As slow and as painful as the progress may be, let us allow ASW the space to do what they can. They know we are out here. Please do not harass them even if you think your intentions are good. I advise against sending that letter.
They would not be legally allowed to accept donations, since they are not a non-profit charity organization. The poster certainly has good intentions, but the IRS won't allow them to take the money.
Besides, that donation amount would have to be in the tens- or even hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to make it worth their while. In other words, it would have to be worth whatever their current flagship products are worth, in order for them to "skip over" those products and concentrate on Coldstone.