• Explore the Center

  • Building the Dream

    Learn about the history of our buildings and the progress of construction on our Visitor Center

  • Conversations with Mike Milken

    COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In response to the public health emergency, Milken Institute Chairman Michael Milken is engaging a range of industry leaders and medical experts to help us better understand and confront a crisis that has not only altered our current day to day, but will change the course of how we work, socialize, and fight disease for years to come. 

  • Building the Dream: Construction Update

    Check in on the amazing progress our crews have made on our construction project

  • Listen to all episodes of Season 1 of

  • Milken Institute's Global Conference 2022

  • A Conversation with Olympians Aquil Abdullah and Mary Mazzio

  • Olympic Training During COVID: How 5 Athletes Fit their Olympic Dreams Around the Pandemic

  • Advancing the Dream Webinar Series

    Health Equity in the Time of COVID

    The pandemic has brought into sharp relief the significant challenges associated with unequal access to healthcare. Our distinguished panel will explore why addressing inequities is vital to public health and to broadening access to the American Dream. 

  • Amanda Gorman's American Dream

    Hear the Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States and Milken Scholar tell her American Dream story. 

  • What does
    “the American Dream”
    mean to you?

    Watch what others around the world have said about the American Dream, and then share your thoughts. We want to hear from you.

    Watch and Share Now

  • Building the Dream: Witnessing History

  • Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream

    The Center’s mission is to make the American Dream an attainable reality for people everywhere— across America and around the world.

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    We’re talking about the American Dream. As a non-partisan organization, we are a place for people from all backgrounds and beliefs to explore possibilities, gain practical knowledge, and find their paths to success. Join us in building a new American Dream movement. Let’s make opportunity real for everyone.

The Mission of the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream is to advance economic and social mobility for all.  

We're building platforms to reach millions of students, educators, innovators, and influencers worldwide. We celebrate the stories of people who exemplify the ideal of the American Dream, confront barriers to opportunity and catalyze solutions that advance economic and social mobility. 

In 2024, the Center will open its physical doors on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. to visitors around the world. 

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Explore Our Pillars

We focus on four pillars of the American Dream: education and the educator, public health and medical research, access to capital and financial empowerment and entrepreneurship and innovation​.  


Contributions to the Center will support our mission to advance economic and social mobility in America and around the world. Gifts at any level will fund inspiring films, documentaries, and podcasts, virtual and in-person events and convenings, educational programs for youth and workforce development programs for adults, international competitions and contests, and, of course, our Visitor Center, located in historic bank buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue across from the White House and U.S. Treasury. Help us make the American Dream an attainable reality for more people everywhere! 

Ways to Give

The Milken Institute

The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream is the part of the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that helps people build meaningful lives. The Milken Institute seeks to empower everyone to experience health and well-being, pursue effective education and gainful employment, and access the resources required to create ever-expanding opportunities for themselves and their broader communities. 

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