As LPV built relationships with regional nonprofit organizations, it became clear there was a
need for leadership training and support for board development. There are over 2,000
nonprofit organizations in the area in which LPV operates. Many of these organizations are
small and rely entirely on volunteers. In order to ensure the nonprofits are operating to their
capacity and able to fulfill the needs of their communities, they need supported, well-trained
boards working on their behalf. In response to this need, the Leaders OnBoard program was
created in as a pilot program in 2016 to provide training opportunities for people who are new
to board service, working to meet the growing need for committed nonprofit board members,
and to shore up the talent already serving nonprofits in the region. In 2018, the program
expanded from providing services strictly in Franklin County to support nonprofit organizations
in Hampden and Hampshire counties as well.