Should I start company as nonprofit?

I am beginning my company and trying to decide if it should be a nonprofit. We intend to give away all profit past capped salaries of all staff. But our salaries will come from the "dues" of those we have trained and supported. Can a nonprofit require a commitment from those we have trained to send in a donation of $100?


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