The program through the Nonprofit Management Fund will help people learn how to serve on boards, said Patricia Wyzbinski, adviser to group, which is a consortium of private funders from throughout the area.
``If you agree to serve on a board, it's a very serious job, and you need to learn how to do that job,'' she said.
There are an estimated 35,000 to 45,000 people in the area who serve as directors on boards for nonprofits. These volunteers oversee charitable and taxpayer money worth hundreds of millions of dollars and services for many people.
The program, BoardStar, will be a program of the management fund and operate initially with a $150,000 budget from several local foundations."