If you are going to set up a nonprofit agency, getting started isn't necessarily as easy as just opening your door and hanging out your tile. There are things that you are going to have to do in order to make your new agency a success. If you miss one of those things, it could turn around and cause you all kinds of problems in the long run. That's why you want to make sure that you are doing everything right. The best way to do that is to work with an attorney who sets up new nonprofit agencies. There are a lot of reasons why you want to do this.
The thing about being a nonprofit is that you are going to have to deal with all kinds of tax issues. Even though nonprofits are exempt from paying federal taxes—and state sales tax in some cases—you will still have an ongoing relationship with the Internal Revenue Service. That's because you are first going to have to prove that you are a nonprofit, which means that you are going to have to meet certain criteria in order to do that. Then, you are going to have to periodically re-certify through the IRS as well as the state revenue departments, confirming that you are still a nonprofit agency. There are just so many laws surrounding taxes that you want to make sure you have a professional help you with everything. If you miss one question or even fill out the form with the wrong kind of writing utensil, you could lose your nonprofit status when it comes to taxes.
If you are going to help people, you are going to need to make sure that you have vetting procedures in place. Those procedures can help to make sure that the people you are going to be helping will meet your target population. You want to make sure that you have the proper procedures set up in order to do that and that all your procedures are legal and done appropriately. An attorney can do that for you.
You need to make sure that you have your nonprofit set up correctly so that you can get on with the business of helping people and providing the services that you want to. Contact an attorney who provides nonprofit startup services to help you learn more about the process and get started.