ProCon.org

Rating: 4.77 stars   117 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 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

ProCon.org comments on many things and provides well researched well documented information. My main use of ProCon is for truth in the political arena. They do not have any agenda and the facts they provide are actual fact.

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3 people found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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!

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

Whether you're conservative, independent, or liberal, ProCon can help you to be a better informed member of the voting demos. For the concerned, but busy citizen, ProCon.org allows them to quickly stroll through the idea marketplace to explore what's available and choose which idea resonates as most rational.

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

This site offers information about headline topics that includes different perspectives and "point of views" giving it's site the proof that it's information IS "un-parted" or "non-biased." It's a great tool for students and researchers to use especially if they're looking for information or evidence through a certain perspective. For example, if they are against public smoking or with it--and the reasons whether they are or aren't against it. I wish that all information had basic statistics and information about where their data is sourced from. Overall it is a very competent and organized site, well-purposed site. This is coming from a 14 yr old 8th Grader from Washington.

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research through school, personal interests, and cautionary-based information leaks.

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This organization is great the way it is. I will further participate with this org. and will notify if there are other concerns you should know about.

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Likely

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I teach at a major university and have found ProCon,org to be a wonderful resource for students when discussing controversial issues in class. In particular, I teach a psychopharmacology class in during which half of the class is devoted to exploring drug policy issues. Since most of our drug policies seem to be emotionally based, rather than evidence based, this website provides not only a history of the controversy but updates on current bills that are pending. I most heartily recommend them for balanced representation of complex issues,

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I use them as a resource in several of my courses.

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give them more money to expand the topics they cover!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is, Jeff. I am a 37 yr. old man suffering from m.s.. I, live in Mi. where medical mj. is legal. When I smoke and hold the smoke, it feels like a board, starting at my head and going to my toes, pushing pain out ! I can tell it is totally neurological in it's behavior, because it starts at the head and moves down. I have been off all narcotic meds., i.e Dilaudid, for 17 days and am never looking back ! This site is very useful when I have to point out that there is scientific evidence backing up what I have been saying for years. Thank you for having enough audacity to state the facts !

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gained knowledge

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try to condense the site

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Rating: 3 stars  

Society and the world define drugs as what the FDA approves of what is effected by the mind and what is tolerated and naturally made by our bodies and how we react to certain chemicals, toxins, fluids, food, that we naturally intake on a daily basis. Marijuana, Cannabis, Herb, Medical marijuana, is described as an illegal drug, because of unresulted deaths by how our mind reacts to the toxins released by the THC levels in the plant itself. It has not caused any deaths except from the Brain tissue of how our mind reacts to the natural chemicals that are produced. Whether we inhale other chemicals such as what we are not aware of, from medicines to temporarily relieve our pain of discomfort or not, we pay others to drug us up from the Pharmacies and Doctors that are constantly coming up and out inventing medicines instead of natural cures/remedies that will bring permanent and prevent diseases from recurring on a daily basis. I hope this gets reached out even though you may not understand this fully. I have done time, and wasted 7 months of a plant considered illegal in Society just because of the chemicals released in the brain when smoked and inhaled ingested into bloodstream of the body to the brain itself to relieve a temporary pain within our bodies.

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no experience, sharing opinion of personal life experience of this plant.

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

Change the perspective on how Society sees things such as what we are allowed to do and how we live our lives in 2 ways, the things that kills us on a daily basis, and the things that help us, can be beneficial for the limitations we all have for ourselves.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I use ProCon. org to help my students to find appropriate and relevant persuasive and current event speech topics. They have to use several sources and explain why they are credible. This website has been a favorite of mine to show students for a long time. They can usually pick up 2 or more credible sources from the bibliography. It also forces them to think about what questions their audience might have about their topic.

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My students have better speeches because they are looking at both sides of the issue.

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