Judson Kinnucan ’98 BE is the founder and CEO of Chicago nonprofit Bin Donated which partners with Chicago hotels, corporations, residential buildings and foundations to collect and distribute in-kind donations for local nonprofits.
Last fall, producers contacted him about filming a documentary chronicling the daily activities and mission behind Bin Donated. Figuring that it would be great publicity for the fledgling organization, Kinnucan obliged.
Little did he know that the producers were actually from ABC’s television show “Secret Millionaire,” which takes self-made millionaires undercover to work at a local nonprofit during the show. At the end of the week’s taping, the millionaire makes a large donation to the charity to which he or she volunteered.
Chicago-based millionaire, author, producer, business and success expert and public speaker Steve Kaplan is the undercover millionaire that will be featured in Kinnucan’s Bin Donated episode.
“This whole thing has been incredible! Meeting Steve and being able to show him the insider’s view of Bin Donated is an experience I’ll never forget. His willingness to dig into what we do and why we do it was amazing. Of course, his generosity to help move our mission forward floored us,” said Kinnucan.
Kinnucan has been “paying it forward” ever since he started Bin Donated in 2009. He says he almost went bankrupt after quitting his full-time job to focus on the organization, but was passionate about helping those less fortunate.
To watch Kinnucan on “Secret Millionaire,” tune in to ABC on Sunday, July 1, at 8 p.m. EDT.
For more information about Kinnucan and Bin Donated, click here.