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

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!

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

I think I am a better citizen with the information provided by your website. I think I am a better teacher because of the help you provide. I think I am better student and writer with all of the references on the topics you research.

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

I would give you more money to hire more staff to do more reviews.

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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

ProCon.org is a good source of unbiased information on major public policy issues. The site is visually attractive and the information displayed in a user friendly manner. I normally don't have time to wade through volumes of information or to surf the internet doing my own research. So this site helps me use my time efficiently, to quickly learn the major pros and cons, then to formulate my own opinion. As this site grows in popularity, it will be more widely acclaimed across the country.

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

Very Well

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

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

This site is so very useful in the classroom. In an era where civil discourse is so polarized, it is very beneficial to have a site with both pros and cons available for easy understanding of the different sides of the issue. My students tend to parrot only their parents' opinions because they haven't head the other sides of the story. This site really helps develop critical thinking, as well as civil discourse.

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

seeing my students lesson the rhetoric and see another side of the story.

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

Make it an option to see the speakers' political parties.

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

Very Well

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

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

I will mention just 3 of the many subjects of interest to me in ProCon.

1. Teacher tenure. For several years I was Chief Counsel of the California Teachers Association, representing 100's of teachers in dismissals, evaluations, etc. ProCon goes to the heart of all the arguments presented by teachers' unions, as well as district boards and administrators. In fact, it presents enough information and analysis to be of assistance to experts in the education/employment/ bargaining fields.

In the other subjects mentioned below, I am not an expert.

2. Israel/Palestine Conflict. A subject that I have studied for years. The arguments are all there, but even more useful to me has been the wealth of information presented about the conflict in a succinct and organized form. The history of the peoples is outlined in detail from ancient times to the present. It is completely up-to-date on all the players, whether in the PLO, PA, Hamas; or among the leadership and dissenters among the Israelis. For me, this ProCon topic has given what I needed to know quickly ... and it has been a much better resource in this regard than Wikipedia or other online sites I have visited.

3. Health Care Reform. Here ProCon was very useful for both its pro/con arguments and the background information needed to make or defend an argument. As this is a topic that will continue for some time to be in the news, I will try to keep up with all important developments.

Finally, thank you ProCon. There are many other subjects on your site that have been, and will be, of considerable help to me in 'getting up to speed' on a very broad range of issues.

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

public arguments and current events forums; writing letters to the editor and to several organizations, especially those concerned with human rights. Arguments/debates with any number of people interested in many of the subjects covered in ProCon -- some of them I can now win.

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

offer us a list of possible changes and ask for comments or ratings.

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

ProCon.org is a great source of information. The format is easy to use and understand which makes it perfect for use in and out of the classroom. I use it, my children use it. my students use it and I've recommended it to many others. Keep up the great work.

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

In my classroom as source material.

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

It's terrific as is.

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

ProCon.org has been an incomparable asset to the research activities of my junior high and high school classes as they complete assignments in psychology, current events, social studies projects and debates.
When the Christian Ethics class debated the topic of abortion, the site gave students enough info to conduct a spirited debate.

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

my school library online research activity

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

advertise it more

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

I teach debate and project-based learning to high school students with special needs. Beside holding their interest, the biggest challenge with this population is that their skills do not always align with their intellectual abilities. Many are very capable thinkers, but poor readers, or vice versa. This means I have to create most of my own curriculum since most pre-made packages just don't suit them. I use ProCon.org whenever I want them to think deeply about a complex issue. It is organized in a way they can easily navigate, and the language is plain enough that they can manage to understand the ideas even with low reading levels. It also helps me relieve my concerns about injecting my own bias into their education. Since I am usually passionate about one side of an issue, I tend to know more facts and resources on that side. ProCon allows me to give them a higher quality, engaging education. I'm so glad that it is unbiased and free!

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

classroom academic outcomes.

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

make the website more aesthetically pleasing, allow for a choice of reading/age levels.

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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: 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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