Yes, I think being blunt is a good idea. With that in mind: Thanks for being a snarky asshole and automatically assuming I am not looking out for the best interest of the sector... but it was a good way to make your point and lead by example, so have a cookie or something.
As far as being a "state recognized" nonprofit... There are 36 de-facto State Association Nonprofits who support and lobby for/against specific laws that will impact the Nonprofit sector. I see your sig is related to Alaska... if that's where you live, then your state association is The Foraker Group. You can find the full list on the National Council of Nonprofits website. We're all nonprofits, and yes we offer a multitude of FREE and discounted services to other nonprofits, as we have for decades. ...and WOW, you've worked with nonprofits in two states... I've worked with 2,000 nonprofits a dozen states over the past 10+ years. I volunteer a lot of my time to these nonprofits and do not ask nor expect to be compensated for it. I do it because I want my state to have a strong, vibrant Nonprofit sector... do I need to explain why that's important? Hopefully not.
I also agree with your last statement, I feel the /exact/ same way.