Here's part of my first reply:
Basically I want there to be a nonprofit called Azimuth Climate Data Backup Project, with me as treasurer so I can trust the person who is dealing with the money - but with public, transparent finances so everyone else can trust me too, including the IRS.
Our finances are already visible here:
So far we only have expenses, coming mainly out of my pocket. We won't actually receive our Kickstarter donations until around January 31st or maybe a day afterwards. Unfortunately these will go into my personal bank account - there's no way to change that now. However, the total amount of donations is publicly visible (though the fee charged by Kickstarter is somewhat less so.) So, I'm hoping if I transfer all that money to the nonprofit we'll be okay.