Notice these notes from the 2000 WT Annual Meeting telling about how the donation arrangement was instituted in Haiti and South Africa and how it affected JWs.
But there were
a couple of key points evident in many of the reports:
1. The pressing need for many Kingdom Halls; and
2. The clear benefits that have followed the instituting of the donation
Because of the institution of the donation arrangement, it was reported from
Haiti that now they see everyone attending the meetings has their own
Watchtower and literature. (Literature placements there have quadrupled.)
Also in South Africa, formerly many didn't have their own copy of the
Watchtower for the meetings. Now they all have their own copies and they
also have their own study books. S.A. prints 55 different language editions
and the demand for some of these has increased by 4 times.
I was under the impression that the donation arrangement went worldwide in 2000. I do remember some discussion about it on JWD back then.