What kind of church demands $10,000 "donations"? Posting that there are more people making more donations only leads people to think that your "church" might be a little, dare I say it, money hungry.
I don't think that proving this point is going to help your argument any.
What you do not seem to understand is that IAS donations are voluntary.
It isn't a case of IAS making 'demands' of parishioners; there are no punitive actions taken against a Scientologist for not joining or donating to IAS. There are perquisites for IAS members such as discounts on services, and an auditor must have current IAS membership to keep certificates in force, but if you do not contribute to IAS, you don't get expelled from CoS or anything.
Back to the numbers:
The total number of Sponsor ($5k) donors by 2006:...... 16,024
The total number of Crusader ($10k) donors by 2006:.......3,559
The total number of Honor Roll ($20k) donors by 2006:......2,634
The total number of Patrons ($40k) donors by 2006:......4,594
The total number of Patrons Meritorious ($100k) by 2006:.....196
The total number of Donors of More than $100k by 2006:......203
These figures when added sum to.....................................27,210
This is an undercount of IAS members; it only goes to 2006, it is based on an incomplete database in which many issues of Impact are missing, and records for entire years (1999 & 2005) are omitted. Moreover, the lifetime memberships and yearly renewal memberships are not included here, and they amount to thousands (lifetime) and tens of thousands each year.
No one should propose the number 27,210 as the lowest possible number of Scientologists in the world, since it omits Sea Org and staff (at least 16,000 people), and the majority of Scientologists do not have IAS membership.
However, I did notice that when you add the Sea Org and Staff number to the 27,210 number, you get 43,210, which is very close to the number for Scientologists worldwide that Little Bear Victor has been proposing.
Did I stumble on the rationale for that number? It's not inside info after all, it's a guesstimate based on Wachter's Impact data?