ProCon.org

Rating: 4.73 stars   99 reviews

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 15.7 million unique visitors in 2012 (51+ million since we started). We have provided free educational resources to over 4,000 schools in all 50 states (and more than 55 countries), and helped 850+ media entities, 11 foreign governments, and 27 state governments with our nonpartisan research. Our 2013 reader survey showed that 36.7% of readers changed their "perceptions, feelings, or opinions on an issue” 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 as we can reach
Direct beneficiaries per year: 15.7 million readers. For every one dollar spent at ProCon.org, over 24 people get a free education on our website.
Geographic areas served: every city and state
Programs: the pros and cons of 45+ issues at www.procon.org.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I look forward to there emails each month and use them to help educate myself about current and past topics. It's so easy to be one-sided about things and to feel that everything in favor of my view is right and everything else must be dumb and wrong. That's why I feel it's so important that sites like procon exsist. I find myself really understanding both perspectives and sometimes that changes my opinion, sometimes not...but it helps me understand.

Love this site, keep up the great work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how I vote, how I act as a citizen, how I interact with others.

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

Continue to add new topics and viewpoints.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently writing a research paper for my online English class in which I have to choose a topic that is current and contraversial. My teacher posted this website and a few others to helps us pick our topics. This website I found to be the most useful for me bacause of the many topic choices with information on them as well. I will continue to use this website from now on for any topic research I may come across, and also for personal growth. I look forward to some of the topics that will come in the near future, that did not quite yet have a story behind the title. Thank you for helping through college!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Writing my research paper.

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

If given the opportunity and financially able, I would allow for an unlimited flow of information on all current and contraversial topics throughout the world. Having a blog for people to discuss topics would be nice as well.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I am a teacher and Assistant Principal at Secondary School for Law , a public Secondary school in Brooklyn. I heard about ProCon.org and I decided to try it for a unit on writing a Position Paper in my Senior English class. The website has been invaluable. Our school librarian has also used it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have used it successfully in my teaching

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

I would make none

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Rating: 4 stars  

procon.org has provided me with information about both sides of a great many issues. I have been able to discuss, in greater detail and with more certainty, with friends and coworkers, the finer points of so many issues that confront Americans.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my daily life, I've been able to present more informed arguments for or against political decision with my friends and coworkers. It has also allowed me to hear the "other side" of many arguments with out the ad hominem attacks and hyperbole one finds on "fair and balanced" cable news shows or talk radio.

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

I would hope to see more advertising or an awareness campaign so that more Americans could benefit from their information on both sides of so many issues.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I will be testifying before a senate committee of the Indiana General Asembly next Tuesday regarding marijuana, Indiana's criminalization of marijuana, and the impact of those laws on the criminal justice system. Fortunately, I today received ProCon newsletter/email that superbly collects and represents the actions taken and pending in all US states on the subject of medical marijuana. Great job, ProCon -- just like a pro.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The field of drug policy reform

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

If it's not already done, get drug policy studies and project compilations to the members of the U.S. Congress and all 50 state legislatures.

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Rating: 5 stars  


I am a college student returning to school after 30 years! While doing a research paper I “stumbled” on the procon web site and was completely in awe! From that moment on, for the last two years procon has been my “go to” place for research and topic ideas. This organization provides invaluable tools for the professional, the educator, the student as well as the layperson that want to be informed. This site is not only useful for information, but also aids a person in thought and direction that they may have not considered before. I would hate to lose this valuable resource. It truly is a public service.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

College and in my personal interests.

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

Add more opportunities to suggest topics.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pro/Con.org is a website dedicated to the unbiased, bipartisan understanding of crucial issues which affect all citizens of humanity. for the past three years, I have utilized the free resources of this invaluable site to inspire my students and arm them with the facts of a timely issue.These facts are stated clearly, succinctly, and accurately.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My eighth - grade students use this site to: gather and understand information about controversial issues , formulate opinions, and express them in writing.

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

No changes are necessary. The format is most accessible and efficient. Kindly, consider donating the winning money towards its upkeep. Thank you.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am a high school history teacher in Massachusetts who has gotten a lot of mileage out of ProCon.org. Right now I am working at an alternative high school whic has very low(no) funding. I utilize ProCon to give the students understanding of both sides of controversial issues and even to expose them to issues which they did not realize were controversial...like milk. I assign them to summarize each argument in one sentence and then write an opinion using what they learned reading about the issue. At times I've assigned students to select an issue they personally want to learn about and write an essay explaining their interest and what they learned from reading the ProCon outline.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching history

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

leave it the same

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As the president of the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County, I always look to Pros and Cons for balanced, fair, comprehensive, and accurate information. My only wish is that more people would do so rather than rely on hearsay and unsupported opinions.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Writing articles for newsletters and for making introductory remarks at issue forums.

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

I would add more topics to the research agenda. I am especially interested in social issues. I would also do more press releases about the information gathered.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I heard of them one time on a public radio supporter bit. After visiting the site, I've continued to revisit. It's a perfect gathering of all or most parts of many hot issues of the day--but without yelling and other noise. It pairs the best pro and con arguments side by side.

Over recent years, I've corresponding with them by email with either feedback or questions and--wonder of wonders!--they are very responsive, and quick about it. They're clearly run by just real people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their good press speaks for itself, and they get seen as a resource in many schools.

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

I'd get rid of their "have you signed up for our newsletter?" pop-up on the home page. I am on their newsletter but I do NOT keep cookies on my PC.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Some

How did you learn about this organization?

from a description of a sponsor on a public radio show. The sponsor had also started / funded this website.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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