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You might want to check out Tides (, or see if there is a similar organization that can serve as your organization's fiscal sponsor until you get large enough to warrant incorporating as an independent 501c3 (and managing the hassle that goes with that). Fiscal sponsor orgs. basically serve as a way to outsource a lot of the money handling part in return for a (small) percentage of your budget. And your org can receive tax-deductible contributions.

My start-up nonprofit community org. makes use of a fiscal sponsor. They also provide grantwriting and other advice.
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