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The Year Past, The Year Ahead: What Will Be Your Legacy in 2018?

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The year 2017 is behind us and a shiny new year lies ahead, full of promise and potential. But before we look to the future, we should take a moment to reflect on the year past, to look back at the journey taken over the last 12 months, and consider whether that journey is setting us in the right direction for the new year—both individually and as a profession.

In this Points of View, Rob Jackson and Erin R. Spink raise important questions about the concept of legacy in the Volunteer Engagement profession; present three reasons to explain why there is often a disconnect between the purpose and the impact of volunteer management work; and challenge everyone to take action now to define a better legacy in the year ahead.