You might want to review this list of IRS forms for exempt nonprofits.
With more volunteers and donors by your side, the process of becoming a nonprofit will seem like less of a burden and more like you already have nonprofit status.
Note: I am in no way condoning the commission of felonies.
Instead, I am saying that before a person is stripped of the right to defend themselves with a firearm, there should be a very good reason; and non-violent crimes don’t seem to be a sufficient reason.
Before you file for 501(c)3 status and tax exemption, you’ll need to pay a fee that is dependent on the size of your budget.
Since your nonprofit is starting out, the fee shouldn’t be outrageous.