A good place to start is understanding the game design process. That'll give you a better idea of how to design and kickstart the board game and it'll give you ideas for the board game itself. Kill two birds with one stone. I got into game design by reading The Art of Game Design by Jesse Schell. I highly recommend it. Then read through blogs of what other kickstarters have gone through. A very detailed blog I read through is http://stonemaiergames.com/kickstarter/
As far as personal time, I'm working on my own game so sadly I don't have much time to donate but I wish you the best of luck. There are several games out there which make a game of the development process such as game dev story and game dev tycoon.