Although always appreciated, donations were never necessary.
I personally have donated to other developers who have helped me and contributed to the community.
So in answer to your statement, it has nothing to do with donations.
It has to do mainly with myself and my family.
It has to do with the fact that I have spent many many many countless hours working on this stuff.
I truly appreciate all of the people who have contributed to me and my projects as far as helping each other out and of course donations definitely have helped keep my wife off of my ass, but even that wore off after a while.
My family needs me more than the Android community does, and too often I have been here more for the community than my own family.
The icing on the cake is the small handful, and I do emphasize small handful of douchey, needy, unappreciative, users who contribute nothing to this community really puts a damper on my already waning attitude towards the XDA community. It is easy for everyone to say ignore them, but put yourself in my shoes. Especially when you have dirtbags that again contribute nothing other than flaming and acting like idiots and even go so far as to make physical threats via pm because it is real easy to act like a badass from behind your computer screen. These people are still here and not banned. Makes no sense.
The sad part of that is that small handful of douchebag users continues to grow on a daily basis.
All of that said, the community is a small part of why I am done with all of this.
The donations whether coming in or not at all are nice but have no bearing on whether I continue or not.
The main reason I am quitting is I have lost too much time with my wife and kids I will never get back.