Each state has requirements for setting up a nonprofit organization. If you don't follow the legal requirements, the "officers" can be held PERSONALLY LIABLE for the organization's debts.
Contact the nearest "junior" or "community" college and see if someone who teaches business law can give you basic guidance and direction.
STANDARD LEGAL DISCLAIMER: LEGAL ADVICE SHOULD BE SOUGHT IN THIS MATTER FROM AN ATTORNEY IN YOUR JURISDICTON. I AM IN LOUISIANA AND THIS IS NOT TO TAKE THE PLACE OF AN ACTUAL CONSULTATION WITH A LEGAL OFFICER.
Forming a NON PROFIT CORPORATION in your jurisdiction should be undertaken with the advise of an Attorney or other legal officer in your home jurisdiction Inquire locally. Listen to n9lcd.