ProCon.org

Rating: 4.74 stars   102 reviews 1,095

Issues: Education

Location: 233 Wilshire Blvd Ste 200 Santa Monica CA 90401 USA

Mission: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format."
Results: We had 20.2 million unique visitors in 2014 (80+ million since we started). We have provided free educational resources to over 6,000 schools in all 50 states (and more than 70 countries), and helped 1,500+ media entities, 20+ foreign governments, and 30+ state governments with our nonpartisan research. Our 2013 reader survey showed that 36.7% of readers changed their "perceptions, feelings, or opinions on an issueā€¯ based on what they learned at ProCon.org. 74.1% reported that ProCon.org helped them to "think more critically, make better judgments on the subject matter, or see issues in a new light."
Target demographics: As many people, including students and seniors, as we can reach
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20.2 million readers. For every one dollar spent at ProCon.org, over 28 people get a free education on our website.
Geographic areas served: Everywhere people have access to the Internet
Programs: The pros and cons of 50+ issues at www.procon.org. You get nonpartisan content, free of charge, fully sourced, transparent, and with no agenda other than to promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to spread the news about ProCon.org as this is one of the most helpful nonprofit websites that any student regardless of age can have access to and I just turned 63 years young. When I started my college educational career, starting with my Associates program, I found this website looking for professional opinions that were on both sides of the fence. ProCon.org was so helpful that I am now in my Masters program and I am still using ProCon.org. Believe it or not I am doing great in my studies and ProCon.org has a lot to do with that success.

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Our students are bombarded with perspectives, but who can they trust? I can always trust that ProCon is going to give them perspectives that they can use to make their own decisions. A great resource to get kids thinking!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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This is a great resource for teaching my high school students argumentative writing. They often have difficulty locating valid sources for their topics. and ProCon is very helpful with that. Highly recommended!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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What can be more American than comparing two points of view before making one's judgment about an issue?

In today's America. too many people are repeating the private agendas of pundits and blogs as "fact" and they do so with certainty because too many think there is only one view - theirs! Today, my original question sounds, at best, quaint.

Pro/Con.org is the only mass resource available that 1) models there are, indeed, two sides to every issue, 2) presents documented facts in a straight forward, non-biased way, and 3) services our democracy with the food of debate, discussion and compromise.

Pro/Con.org would be important at any time in our history, but today - it is precious!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

What I like about ProCon is the knowledge and level of expertise the pro and con sources that are used for these difficult and controversial issues. By using opinions of people who are truly educated to the subject at hand, I get a deep,educated group supporting two opposing yet informational examples I get to learn what the real issues I am inevitably and impressed by some surprising yet logical reasons those who are truly informed offer. Giving equal say to those who have the ability to clearly define their position not only informs the reader, but educates the user to the correct information. Contrasting both Sides really adds the benefit of the student to weigh and measure, exercise their own cognitive reasoning, which is such an important basic skill in life.
Comments, to online articles are not a comparative to ProCon, but the formula is always the same; mistaking your opinion as fact, and the communication break down because without proper knowledge
and correct information , resorting to name calling rage. There are no options when you are not an uniformed citizen , and our form government and country depend on web sites such as ProCon, I believe this site and responsible sites similar is not fora few university or high school students but a necessity for our country and our future. It's not the constitution, the federalist papers Magna Carta,but during a time of civic decay and hostility, this is a great service to a nation state and I write this piece, because it should be recognized as such


If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not sure yet. But we can always do better

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Likely

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Some

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2013

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In a time when impartial, balanced views are no longer a consistent standard of journalism, ProCon.org is the exception. Many of us remember a time when debate was a civil engagement of multiple views, facts, and perspectives. Today, elected officials and legislative bodies no longer use the standards of real debate. This non-profit organization, as a resource, gives clear views which are balanced, with sources verified, and links for the viewer to read the presented viewpoint in depth. I don't have to filter through "talking points" or "focus group" strategies for marketing a viewpoint. The neutrality of the ProCon.org allows the reader to increase understanding of the current state of knowledge, research, and point of view, regarding a wide range of contemporary topics. It is by far the best resource for educators to encourage students to engage critical thinking and recognize the benefit of traditional debate standards and to respect counter viewpoints.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase awareness of it and promote their staff to be used as moderators for future political debates on television.

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A lot

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am retired and find ProCon a superb site for finding unbiased information on subjects pertinent to all generations of people. Their attention to detail and ability to present knowledgeable authorities from both sides of an issue is invaluable.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the breadth of issues covered. The depth in which they are covered is admirable.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love procon.org for advocating deeper thinking. I've used their sources for several college and high school papers.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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