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Kiplinger Q&A: Laila Ali

Giving back is something that comes naturally to retired (and undefeated) professional boxer-turned-entrepreneur Laila Ali. Born the daughter of the late legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali and Veronica PorchĂŠ Ali, she grew up listening to her father say "service to others is the rent that you pay for your room here on Earth," Ali shared with Kiplinger.com. With his words as a constant reminder, the 40-year-old has made it part of her life's mission to work with organizations whose goal is to positively impact communities near and far.

That's why she decided to partner with the (TIAA) and serve as an ambassador for their . The company, a provider of financial services in the academic, medical and research industries, is celebrating its centennial anniversary by honoring 100 professionals in the nonprofit sector affecting change in communities across the globe. TIAA will award $10,000 to each of this year's recipients in an effort to help them build the organization they work for.

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