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Since the Bake-Off campaign began in 2011, we’ve raised more than $70,000 to send 100 girls to school—girls who otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to call themselves students. How do we do it? With teams led by people like you, who raise big money one little cupcake at a time.

Our 2014 goal is to DOUBLE last year’s impact, to recruit at least 400 teams to “bake a change” with us from October 26-November 1. Can you help us hit all 50 states?

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By Lindsay Brown, University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013

It’s crazy to think how all this started with a single cupcake—well, a pretty cool tie-dye cupcake to be exact! The first cupcake quickly turned into a few dozen, and before we knew it, my friends and I at the University of Notre Dame had sold nearly 500 tie-dye cupcakes, enough to sponsor three girls at Kopila Valley Children’s School in Nepal.

When we first set out, we had no idea that something as simple as a cupcake could make such a profound change in a girl’s life halfway around the world. Once we realized that within a few short hours we could raise enough funds to sponsor a girl, having bake sales in a sense became addicting.

My friends and I used to joke, “We’re saving the world one cupcake at a time!” Since getting to know these three little girls, I’m starting to think it might not be a joke after all.

I now have no doubt in my mind that cupcakes can change the world, because the lives of the three students we sponsored (Alisma, Hima, and Susila) have changed in a complete 180 degrees. There are millions of other girls out there just like them, all waiting to go to school. It’s up to us to make sure they each get their chance, and I know we will make it happen—one tie-dye cupcake at a time!