Before embarking on the endeavor of starting a nonprofit, you should ask yourself a very important question: Should I start a nonprofit? This “pre-step” if you will, could save you a lot of time and money. There are a wide variety of factors to consider. Researching online and getting legal counsel is a great way to get started in determining if you should or should not start a nonprofit. The following steps are the essential elements in forming a 501(c)(3) organization in Kansas or Missouri.