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The North Carolina Secretary of State Corporations Division has a FAQ that explains the process of creating a nonprofit corporation under NC law. In addition to this, you must have your corporation qualified by the IRS. See Publication 557 for details.
For a general discussion, you can refer to this publication.
If you decide that you don't want to try to "do-it-yourse," then there are a number of online businesses that will do the entire job for you at a fairly reasonable cost (e.g., http://www.legalzoom.com/non-profits/non-profit-corporation-overview.html).
Hope this helps.
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