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Causes: Citizen Participation, Education

Mission: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format."

Results: ProCon.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan public charity, provides professionally-researched pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy. Using the fair, FREE, and unbiased resources at ProCon.org, millions of people each year learn new facts, think critically about both sides of important issues, and strengthen their minds and opinions. In 2016, our programs reached 27.8 million people, including students at more than 9,000 schools in all 50 states and 90 countries. Journalists have referenced ProCon.org in over 2,500 articles. Additionally, 34 US state governments, 17 US state departments of education, 23 foreign governments, and 22 US federal agencies have cited ProCon.org materials.

Target demographics: As many people, including students and seniors, as we can reach

Direct beneficiaries per year: 27.8 million readers. For every one dollar spent at ProCon.org, over 35 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.

Community Stories

184 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent research.
The documentation is also great.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

procon.org is a great source that I use to help my high school students get ideas for writing topics and to discuss issues that are current and controversial. We read articles that students can compare/contrast different viewpoints or use as sources to create their own persuasive writings. There are many ways to use this website to help teen readers/writers/thinkers! So helpful to teachers and to students!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent material! I've used them for 7 years now in High School debate class. Each PROCON topic is spot-on with details and viable subject matter. When organizing debates, I always go to this website first! Phil Thompson - Classical Christian Academy, Post Falls, Idaho

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Firstly I read this website/article, i asked in my mind who created this and how far it can impact to the readers. For myself, i like reading this article because it gives a lot of knowledge about what happens in this world. What hot topic issues are being talked about most of the people around the world. About the opinios, both pro and con are welcomed for me. There is no wrong in someone's opinion. It just about how we see and think about something and can learn many things for a better life in the future.

Cindy E.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love being able to read all sides of an argument or a situation without obvious bias. I can then make my own decisions and/or investigate further. In this day and age, the ability to get an analysis of a subject from several vantage points is invaluable. Very thought provoking and informative. Highly recommend.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Critical thinking requires a well balanced insight into any subject, and I can always count on ProCon.org to provide this balance.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I teach research to all the English classes in our high school grades 9 through 12. Some classes need to write argumentative papers, and I always recommend procon.org because it provides both sides of an issue and makes students think for themselves as to which side they are going to represent. Very valuable sight in making students think about current issues that are relevant to them. Thank you for providing this website.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In these unbalanced times, ProCon is a great help in understanding “the other side”. It also helps me look more deeply at my own point of view.

Cj H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a retired social studies teacher and mentor for student teachers. I am also the vice-president of our local League of Women Voters. I tell everyone who asks, “How do I get the straight story?” About ProCon.org. A link is now on the Kansas State University Library’s website under their “Breaking Your News Bubble” site at : http://guides.lib.k-state.edu/breakingyournewsbubble/factcheck

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really like this site pro con.org because it presents timely interesting points of view about both sides of a debate. It is an excellent educational resource and does not show a biased point of view. You can get both pro and con opinions and not have to try to wade through someone’s opinion of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I value Pro Con's mission and service so much, especially in this post-Internet world of increasingly biased information (confirmation bias) being published by every nut with a keyboard. So, thank you, for bringing dialectic back into some prominence on the Net. When I look at both sides of any point strongly presented, I am aware of my own creeping confirmation bias! So, again, thanks for all the good work.

Geoff C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't have an amazing story, I just particularly enjoy the website itself and, for the most part, the enlightened writing and critical thought process.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Procon.org has been an invaluable resource for my students and I in discussing various moral issues. It is one of a very few internet information sources I trust to provide accurate factual data and equally balanced opinions. In this age of "fake news" and blind partisanship, I am incredibly thankful for their dedication to helping readers find the truth and decide for themselves.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a college professor who has collaborated with colleagues to develop a course in critical thinking. ProCon.org is a wonderful resource as we teach our students how to analyze arguments, evaluate the extent to which evidence supports a claim, and understand diverse perspectives on issues, even though they may disagree. I have also found it to be a very useful tool for enabling meaningful conversations across the political divide among my circle of friends, relatives, and acquaintances. For instance, my 85-year-old mother, who gets most of her information from Fox News, has become increasingly aware that there are other valid perspectives since I introduced her to ProCon.org. Thank you for providing a service that encourages thoughtful examination of issues and helps us transcend our "bubbles."

Ryan P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing website that shows both sides of an arguement and let’s you decide. Great work guys, the world needs more organizations like you that help people decide how to think, not what to think.

Donor

Rating: 5

I co-taught a graduate reading course for adult educators from all over the state last summer. The writing portion of the GED test requires writing an argumentative essay after reading two different viewpoints on a subject. ProCon.org was an indispensable tool in offering a wide range of topics from which to choose in assisting our adult students. The very thorough viewpoints on both sides of such a wide range of topics provides a means to make an individual, well thought-out essay. When the class was over, I felt obligated - joyfully - to donate to this fabulous organization. Thank you, ProCon.org, for providing the tools to form sound opinions, not through hype and showmanship, but through a thorough understanding of both sides of a situation.

Advisor

Rating: 5

ProCon.org is great for students to learn how to get their point across with facts, passion without blaming or namecalling the opposing point of view.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have used ProCon.org as a classroom resource for years. Excellent, reliable information that always motivates my students to think.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a journalist, I know how difficult it is to find sources that absolutely tell both sides. This is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to learn both sides of controversial issues.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I use this site when I start talking about argumentative writing. I use the background information and the arguments presented. The topics presented are ones my students are concerned about and have strong opinions about. I feel the information is accurate and up-to-date.