The idea is not a sound idea, most ( the majority ) of the members on Cake Central are hobby bakers and a lot of those are stay at home moms with limited incomes, they are very comfortable coming to this site and getting what they need to improve theirs skills, vent, and "THAT A GIRL/BOY" each other...if we start charging fees and such...it's going to keep a LOT of great people off.
If you're looking to score some free video tutorials, you should really consider scrounging around the Pastry Forums and companies that offer quick ones on their web sites.
asking for contributions or donations is going to scare a LOT of people away from a wonderful resource like Cake Central. A resourse that may be the ONLY place they can get answer to their questions and get tips on new products and techniques.
Starting to charge fees for this forum is changing the "SPIRIT" in which Jackie and Heath started with.
The DVD's and Videos out there are not really that expensive, you can ask your parents to get you a couple for your next birthday. After all a person only turns 16 once!!
and this is something that you REALLY should've proposed to Jackie and Heath privately, let them discuss this between them and then you and THEN and only then bring it to the boards.