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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

189 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jacqueline Geesey W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of your site for years and I've always found it to be very informative and interesting, as well as a way to keep up on topics to discuss with my kids. Thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ProCon.org is one of the most important nonprofits in America. Their pro/con research makes it easy for me to understand both sides, improve my arguments, and make better decisions. Their work is nonpartisan, timely, easy to read, and free. I'm a donor, a fan, and happy to give them a 5-star review.

Jesus N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our human evolution is dependent on our capacity to really listen to others so we can develop our empathy and our capacity to understand and accept different perspectives. ProCon is doing great work by creating an educational space for all of us to be exposed to different ideas sustained by facts so we can consider them and debate them in a respectful and constructive manner. This is extremely helpful for all of us in our effort to find good, common sense solutions to our greatest social challenges. It is also a great educational tool for all students as they prepare to be the leaders of tomorrow.

David M.11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been teaching argumentation and debate for the last 16 years and always refer my students to ProCon.org. This website does an excellent job of covering all the current controversial topics in detail. One of the things I really like is that arguments from both side of the issues are addressed with reasoning and evidence. My students have told me how much they like the site and how much it has helped them with their assignments. Our forensic team also uses ProCon as well and it has greatly benefited their success. I greatly appreciate all the hard work that has gone into the ProCon.org website. Keep up the good work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ProCon.org deals with all the Top issues in today's world. It is imperative they continue to be supported by reaching out to the public of all ages for civil discourse. The matters of today include the world's survival. Therefore, it is important this non profit continue to be supported in order to serve us all & to inspire Democracy's future existence.

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.

Emilie la C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A fantastic non-profit that has helped see both sides of the coin during the IB Diploma Programme, and now as a university student. It's well-researched, easy to navigate and the best source of impartial facts!

Advisor

Rating: 5

When we begin Argument Writing, this is the first site I suggest. Groans become "oooohs and ahhhs" as students start their research. Thank you for providing real-world, debatable and defensible topics!--A.Reed Stl, MO

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ProCon.org levels the playing field in giving truth and respect for journalism in reporting the facts and not fiction or mis-information. Nice to read and see both sides of any issue presented.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My students and I use this site as a go to for information to use in a variety of ways from debates to research papers. I appreciate the way the site works hard to update with the most current issues.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They simply provide both sides of the story. It is astonishing how seldom this is done elsewhere in the media.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I use this in my classroom to help students see multiple perspectives on an issue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic source of unbiased information. The facts shared are very helpful to moderate dinner table discussions.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ProCon.org helps me set up debates with my adult ESL students in Catalonia. It also helps them better understand the American mentality, which these days is not much understood in Europe.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ProCon.org provides an immensely valuable service to users. I am a university professor who routinely encounters students with little ability to weigh evidence and assess claims without falling back on their preconceived notions. What I witness in the classroom, we all witness play out on political stages (local, regional, national, international) as tribalism and ideological conformity increasingly become the norm. ProCon.org offers tools for people to think with as they look at controversial issues and models of how to construct and assess arguments. Individuals and society as a whole desperately need these skills. Thank you ProCon.org.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
― George Bernard Shaw

ProCon.org is a fantastic concept and a website I only came across years ago because I ran an internet search to see if anybody had already come up with the concept for such a valuable resource before me. Unfortunately for me (though fortunately for the rest of the world), the website already existed and was running full steam.
The information provided on each topic is abundant, comprehensive, and virtuously unbiased. I love that it exists, trust the viewpoints they present, and wish more people were aware that such an honorable team is trying to keep the general population informed about the topics that matter in this day and age.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Procon.org is an amazing, trustworthy resource for students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This website probably saved my debate grade when we were doing congressional speeches. So many websites had biases or unreliable evidence and information, while procon.org effectively explained both sides of an argument with reliable and unbiased information/evidence.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I depend on the information for sanity. Fair coverage of divergent points of view. Recommended to anyone who wants real information.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great source for nonpartisan information. They are especially important in this age of "fake news."

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I use ProCon all the time to keep informed about both sides of a conflicted issue. I learn so much. Highly recommended!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a high school librarian that woks with a very limited budget, and I steer students coming in to do research to ProCon.org as a reliable resource for information from both sides of the aisle. I post a link to the site on our library research webpage. Great work, ProCon!

Donor

Rating: 5

As a retired Librarian I'm aware that now more than ever Librarians are fighting for accurate news and ways for info users to evaluate what they read.
To get both sides in a readable form is so useful and I pass it on now to fellow seniors, hoping they will pass it on to their kids and grandkids.
We had a hot discussion at a senior lunch about vaccines and I begged a few people to go to ProCon for info. They did, and one said she told her daughter to check it out too.
She did.
This is the way that real news and ideas gets protected. Thanks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization gives me what I need to understand the world and make informed decisions, and that is a BIG deal. I love what ProCon.org provides to the world - unbiased research on important issues. I can educate myself, make my opinions, challenge my opinions, and learn how other smart people think. It is a powerful tool for thoughtful deliberation on what matters in America today. If I had loads of money, I would donate loads to ProCon.org.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a high school librarian and use this as a linked resource for my school. It is legit!!
Great Job ProCon.org!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Its very nice and very resourceful. It helped me a lot with my essay paper for history.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

excellent site. first site I go to.... keep it up
thank you
Rima

Steven O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a great resource to write any paper with and it could help students struggling with essays to pass their classes that are required to write papers in.

Mo S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this can help students struggling with essays and writing easily pass with the simple yet informative site.

Cadence G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProCon.org is perfect for argumentative essays because it has all the information you really need without going to a million other sources to just find general information. Totally recommended for students writing papers who need the two sides of the problem. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I use ProCon for double duty. Students struggle with comprehending and disseminating information. Having them read beyond surface content, really understand the issues so they can formulate their own opinions, and learn to take their critical thinking and write clearly for meaning instills reading and writing skills that formulaic text books just can't fill. As a class in Social Studies/History, we choose 2 topics a month in which my students learn the material. Many discussions are had, as the issue is viewed from two different viewpoints. One student said that taking the opposite view than she really held helped her understand her own position more clearly. We love ProCon and can hardly wait for the next topic to arrive.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Purdue Owl has a ton of useful information to help write papers for school!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a high school equivalency teacher, I find this website invaluable. The HiSET essay prompt presents two passages with differing points of view. The student is then directed to write an essay expressing their own opinion. Pro/Con provides differing perspectives on a variety of topics. This allows my students to practice reading and evaluating positions and to put forth their own ideas.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We use your articles to teach argumentative response writing with middle and high school students. It's a great way for students to learn about both sides of an issue, take a position, support it, and give credit to the opposing viewpoint. Most students find writing difficult and don't like to write, and many are also woefully ignorant of current issues. However, students find your articles interesting because they are relevant , and because of this, the writing process is easier for them. Thank you for your good work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best way to think of the meaning of some dictomies like right-wrong, good-bad, yes-no, peace-war, positive-negative, Heaven-Hell, you-me...and so on...

1

Donor

Rating: 5

In this age of sensationalism and hyperbole, ProCon reminds us of the meaning of informed discourse. ProCon not only selects some of the most sensitive topics for review, but presents them in a balanced manner. ProCon's contribution to a reasoned exchange in the marketplace of ideas is superlative, and unlike anything else I've ever found.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found ProCon while researching a college paper over seven years ago, what is outstanding is their ever expanding list of issues they have researched and documented the source of the information as well as the quality of that source. It has become my go to for current issues I am interested in to learn both sides and understand the reasoning each holds. ProCon is where I have directed other students to use and it addresses issues in a way younger students can benefit as well.
Working on a debate? ProCon! Researching one of there many issues? ProCon! or just interested in the whole picture of an interesting issue the answers are found at ProCon!
Thank you for your wonderful resource.

1 Cristina G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If i ever want to "check the facts" I feel confidant that they have done their homework and I am getting a real strong answer of facts ALL ACROSS THE BOARD. I also like how they present the data to give a full view of the debate.

2 David349

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProCon is a great source for information about polarizing topics where we can learn about both sides of the issues, because we know there is more than one side to the issues and we aren't getting that from the main stream, ratings motivated, profit driven media.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro/Con.Org is the first place I send my 11th graders to search for a controversial topic on which they might write a research essay. The short summaries at the start of each issue allows the students a quick preview of the issue so they may make a determination about whether they want to pursue it. I tell them it is like 'shopping' for a topic.

The comprehensive background information is available in one convenient place as are a large variety of arguments representing various sides of a contemporary issue. The students also like the videos included at the end of most segments. It provides them with an alternate media source for their essays and how to integrate sources other than print/on-line sources.

Can't say enough good things. This is my first year using the site but I am already making plans for more comprehensive and interactive use next year.

Just FYI, this review is being written by a teacher of 30 years!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ProCon gives me the opportunity to see both (or more) sides of many issues. I have been a political junkie for years, now I am able to make informed decisions. Thank you ProCon.com

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really like how it it is unbiased. It is easy to make a decision about a topic using procon.org.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ProCon.org is a really great source for a teacher of English as a foreign langiage. Thank you :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I use ProCon.org to keep up with political issues. I find it easier (and more unbiased) than searching mainstream media. I have used the information from this site when considering for whom to vote in both state and federal elections. I find it extremely helpful during this current election period!

2 Salvatore F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My students love ( really thought about what word to use there) the variety of topics. Each student can find a topic that they are passionate about. That sure helps when writing an argumentative essay! Great resource for educators!