the one-way transaction of money muddies the waters.
It doesn’t and it’s not even a transaction, from the Cambridge dictionary (you have to pay to access the OED);
noun [ C or U ] UK /trænˈzæk.ʃən/ US /trænˈzæk.ʃən/
C1 an occasion when someone buys or sells something, or when money is exchanged for the activity of buying or selling something
Nothing was bought, nothing was sold. Donations were made. It’s different.
“I would feel deeply uncomfortable asking for cash to fulfil an ambition that stood to only benefit me financially.”
This just further proves how disconnected and clueless you are.
Scott is well known for his generosity in support of courier and community events.
Additionally, the benefit of having a creative outlet will, I imagine, have an impact on Scott’s life that arguably dwarves the financial side of the business.