Applying for 501(c)(3) status may be one of the most stressful parts of starting a nonprofit. And qualifying for tax-exempt status is especially difficult for nonprofit startups that are confused about how to classify themselves.
Some nonprofit startups apply for 501(c)(3) status as educational organizations, only to be denied.
For a thorough review of what nonprofit startups will qualify, check out the article linked below.
Starting a Nonprofit: What is “Educational” Under 501(c)(3)? [Nonprofit Law Blog]