Hi James...Wow, what a fantastic venture this sounds like!
ILGHAUS posed some very important questions and necessary factors to consider before you jump into this....this is a great place to come because you are tapping into some very knowledgeable people and a diverse range of them...you will get a lot of great suggestions and ideas.
I am a service dog trainer and I have worked for several organizations over the years, some bigger...some on the small side. One of them that I worked for sounds very much like what you want to do. It was funded solely by one person who, like yourself, was fortunate in life and work and wanted to give back. Here is how the organization ran:
1. There was a board of directors that were appointed in order to help make decisions...these people were picked for specific reasons, but they all had an interest in dogs/service dogs/charitable causes.
2. The person that "funded" the organization did not do ANY of the training...he loved dogs, but also realized that it takes YEARS to become a knowledgeable and PRODUCTIVE SD trainer and he had SO much on his hands as it was...so, he hired trainers that have a track record of producing well-trained service dogs.
3. There was a separate secretary that handled all of the "paperwork"...THERE IS A LOT OF PAPERWORK involved! She processed client applications, donations, etc.
4. There was another person that handled volunteer services and fundraising. A non-profit will die without volunteers and people that are dedicated to the "cause". Even if you don't necessarily need "fundraising"...you will need to generate interest and excitement about your services...and a lot of the time people DO want to give and this will help you stay "relevant".
5. The service dogs were given at no charge to the client. The client did, though, have to abide by a contract that says they will attend maintenance training sessions and provide for the dogs nutritional, exercise, grooming and veterinarian needs.
6. We found a vet willing to donate their services for the life of the service dogs, so if the client lived near this veterinarian, they got the vet costs at no charge as well.
*** You also need to get a GOOD lawyer, decide what types of SD you will train (you can't/won't train them "all"), decide what types of dogs you will use and where you will get them from, and last but not least, you will need to figure out "where" your organization will be "housed"....will you buy property and build a training facility and kennels, buy an old warehouse and rehab it....etc, etc.?
LOL...so, as ILGHAUS mentioned this is a HUGE undertaking...I too suggest mentoring/volunteering under an already established organization in order to start understanding the intricate process of not only training service dogs and counseling/working with people with disabilities, but running an organization that does. You might find that taking on an entire organization might be too much...you may want to start out by donating your money to one that you like and possibly being on the board of directors, etc.