You will have to incorporate within the state where you do business, then apply to the federal government for the non-profit status. I recommend going to the library and getting some books on how to incorporate as a non-profit, there are fairly stringent requirements and a good amount of paperwork. Once you have that status, you have to continue to maintain it, and that also involved paperwork and record-keeping. There are also resources about grantwriting and other recruitment tools. If you have an opportunity to take a course on fundraising, that would also be very helpful. Once you have defined the purpose of your non-profit, then you can start the paperwork to make it a reality. You can also connect with like-minded people online, and some cities have events for non-profit leaders, where you can learn from each other. I also recommend working for a non-profit, to see what it's like, either as an employee or as a volunteer, to see what it's like. Good luck!