• About the Center

    The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream was founded by philanthropist Michael Milken and is supported by people who believe anyone with a dream and the drive to achieve it should have the opportunity to make it come true – through good health, good education, and an economic system that works for all.

Our mission

To make the American Dream an attainable reality for millions of people around the world, by expanding access to education, health, and economic freedom, and by empowering an entrepreneurial mindset that takes full advantage of opportunity.

What we do

Helping you invest in yourself

Achieving YOUR American Dream – however you define it – starts and ends with YOU. At the Center, you can explore the pillars of the American Dream – health, education, economic freedom, and your own entrepreneurial mindset - through:

International Competitions and Contests

Taking place online and in-person, focused on identifying and solving obstacles to the American Dream.

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The American Dream Network

Stories and tools to inspire and empower our visitors to seek and realize their own dreams. Check back often for new educational toolkits, videos of extraordinary ordinary people, and much more.

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Conferences and Events

Planned for a late 2020 opening, the Center’s conference center on 730 15th St. NW will offer approximately 8000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space for small conferences and corporate off-sites, seminars and educational programs. Check back here soon to see floor plans and booking details. Amenities will include complimentary WIFI, refreshment stations, the latest technology for videoconferencing and presentations, and comfortable breakout spaces.

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American Dream Fellows Program

The Center intends to launch an “American Dream Fellows Program,” accelerating promising next generation American scholars, leaders and problem solvers. Check back here for more details and sign up below if you want to receive emails about the Center and the Fellows program.

The American Dream Visitor Center (coming in 2023)

Inspiring visitors about the American Dream through immersive, interactive exhibits.

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Our core values



Real progress is possible, even on the toughest issues. And let’s face it, the American Dream has its challenges, especially today. But any problem can be solved by inspired, informed and committed people working together.


Action Focus

We’re dedicated to making a difference, not adding to the noise. We support honest, fact-based exploration that leads to practical solutions.  Let’s address the realities people face —the opportunities and the challenges of today’s world.



Inclusivity is fundamental to everything we do. The American Dream should be for everyone—no matter your background or life experience.