After high school, I served 4 years active duty in the Army to earn my GI Bill. After 4 years in the Army, I got out with an honorable di... (more) To add to Diana's answer, no, there isn't a "lightweight" way to do it, unfortunately. the approval process for 501c3 certification can take more than a year, and the application itself is a lot of work.
If you decide to look for an umbrella organization, I recommend seeking a community foundation. Their purpose is to act as a parent organization to sma... (more)