Before you do anything towards starting a non-profit organization, you need to form a brain trust. This is a group of friends that will add their thoughts to your idea and provide you with a platform to begin the process. Their ideas, questions, suggestions, misgivings, and other thoughts expand your thinking beyond a simple idea to a core value of what is important.
A brain trust is a group of individuals gathered together to validate an idea by providing concerns, inducing thoughts, and coming to a group consensus. This works well in formulating a non-profit organization or beginning a new business.