Thank you for your question.
Hmm, what you are trying to set up can be done, but it will take very serious tweaking of the Articles of Incorporation--that is because in essence a "non-profit" is not owned by you but by everyone--you are merely the custodian.
1. I know there are lots of types of non-profits. My basic goal is to run the company myself and be able to fundraise and put on shows with no financial benefit to myself. Who in essence runs the non-profit/who is in charge?
The Board in essence runs the non-profit, and they are the ones that end up putting up the officers who run the non-profit.
Is there a way to not have a board of director?
Yes, but then it is no longer a non-profit. You can simply create an LLP
without a board, run it yourself, and take all the profits you make into whatever you wish--but you will not be tax exempt.
Is that what a private non-profit is?
No, a non-profit is a 501(c)(3) IRS certified entity, which makes the entity actually "non-profit". If a company does not have designation, it is not deemed a non-profit.
Basically, I want to be able to run the company myself and not lose the company to the will of a board. If this is not possible, is there a way that the by-laws can be made to keep me in charge?
Not in a pure non-profit. Ultimately the board can (and has) removed original creators from actually running the non-profit.
Hope that helps.
Edited by Dimitry Alexander Kaplun on 10/1/2010 at 4:40 AM EST