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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3 people found this review helpful

In my classroom we use the Problem Based Learning (PBL) model to organize learning activities. The Arizona State Educational Technology Standards include "Research and Information Literacy," "Critical Thinking," and "Problem Solving and Decision Making."
The use of ProCon then is obvious. What i like best is that my students are IMMEDIATELY thinking about the chosen issue from two different approaches, and consequently moves them more quickly into creative and constructive thinking about their chosen topic.
Pro/Con is a precious resource for me, and my students.

 
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I have been using pro-con in my 9th grade English classroom for the past year and it has opened up some wonderful and valuable conversations. My students also use this site as a source when doing research. The topics are relevant and provide both sides.

 
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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

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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ProCon.org is a great site for students to learn about both sides of an issue. The information is clear and helpful. The website is easy to understand and it is easy to see where the information is from.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Always lots of info on both sides of many important issues. A great learning resource.

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

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

 
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ProCon.Org is a commercially-viable non-profit that sticks to the facts-- pro or con-- on the most talked-about and controversial issues in society and media today. In the "split channel" universe that has arisen to replace the major 3 network newscasts of 30 years ago, one "channel" has emerged that is religiously and meticulously even-handed and fact-checked.

I stumbled upon ProCon.org by accident. Once I explored their site and saw how transparent and accessible they were to "viewers," I put them at the top of my honesty list. Literally every metric for a non-profit media property is open to public view.

As a valuable national media property that fills a gaping void in our hyper-opinionated media universe, but also as a true kind-spirited national charity simply seeking critical thinking from its users, ProCon.Org is abundantly unique and deserving of broad financial support. In the splintered "big media" marketplace, I believe strongly that ProCon.Org will emerge as the last credible place for sincerely undecided people (or objective researchers) to learn and get a fair, objective view of issues in a non-combative environment.

This is the future of individualized news media, and it is truly alone as a guiding light for intelligent life in a galaxy of screaming (non) stars.


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

Position ProCon.Org as a news "pump" or wire service organization to mass media. In an age of predictable cutbacks in traditional news gathering, ProCon.Org's highly objective and well-produced content could replace significant opinion providers who have grown eager to merely pander to mass audiences. Today's viewers are not tolerant of "being told," and would welcome the choice-giving quality of this unique brand of digital journalism.

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

Some

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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ProCon.org is one of the most powerful and practical educational tools I have ever worked with. My most serious students interested in developing critical reading and thinking capabilities absolutely love it. I tell everyone about ProCon.org. I wish Bill Gates would donate a lot of money to ProCon.org, just like his foundation did to another most excellent non-profit educational organization, KhanAcademy.org. Dr. Steven PAK, Volunteer Head Coach, Cogito Clubs and Cogito Debate Clubs

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

have more issues, especially issues that intentional students and scholars can relate to.

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a school board member in California we are always looking for resources that are qualified and free. ProCon.org is more than qualified and is a resource our teachers and students can use for free. But don't let the price fool you, its material is substantially researched and provided in great detail. If you have a position on a particular subject and think your argument is valid, look it up on ProCon.org and you might change your mind or at the very least you will see how others view your position and understand their views as well. I strongly recommend ProCon.org for anyone who likes to think without the influence of our political parties or the press. It will help you in determining what you really believe.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a terrific nonprofit. Procon.org is truely a non-biased non-partisan website that allows people to have open access to information about things that are going on around the world. The website offers points of view on two polarizing viewpoints on most subjects, and often, a middle gound on the subject. Specifically, I have used this website for articles that I write for school, both College and Highschool. Most of the time, I know about the side of the story that I believe in, but getting the other side can be very helpful.
For example, I am strongly opposed to the war in Iraq; and I had to write an essay on the topic that was unbiased, so I wanted to include the opposite side of view. Well, I went to procon.org, checked out their articles based upon the Iraq war, and came out with a whole new understanding of what people who support the war believe in.
In closure, it is sites like this one that allow a more informed public, and even a more open-minded public. An open minded and informed public is the key to having a better and more understanding community at large.

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

Use for school, General information gathering, fact checking

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

I would possibly try updating it more often if anything; maybe even adding videos of opposing sides to enhance the "entertainment" effect of the information.

 
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