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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Patti K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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,

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 !

Beto L.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Hov K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

helps me on all my essay topics in my history class.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this website! Glad I discovered it. I was trying to find sources for a controversial paper I'm doing. When I saw this website name I thought this was to good to be true, but I love every moment I spend on here. I've already recommended it to some friends! Great job!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have nasau and vomit with mariguana smoke i dont

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this unique organization! In a wilderness of polemic positioning, with an ocean of voices trying to outscream each other, Pro-Con.org is a breath of fresh air, giving rationale people the opportunity to look at both -- or I should say the many sides of the really difficult issues we face.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always and informative and insightful I hope pro-con will be able to continue the great work that they do to provide the public with instructive, factrual information.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ProCon.org is one of the more informative sites that I rely on for statistics and topics passionate in my heart and mind. I feel that reliable websites with accuarate information, regarding the publics' access to necessary comodities and rights, and the means by which the public is offered these comodities and rights by their representative parties are hindered greatly by the representative parties own inability to distinguish between their own opinions, and the decisions made by the people, making the information they make readily available inaccurate, and therefore biased, and unrealiable. This particular site does not hide anything, and candidly puts forth facts relative to my beliefs. I believe in volunteerism and the difference one can make with a voice and some effort put into a true belief..

Patricia E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I grew up with a mom who advocated marijuana use. I am now 55 and by that you can see how far this advocating went. My mother has always been a intellectual, keen, positive advocate about the use of marijuana.
I can remember when I was beginning to date she would say please don't drink alcohol but instead have a joint. My mother is an artist in that she is an avid political means and she also did astrology charts. Today my mother is living in Massachusetts and she is just so relieved that the marijuana use has been decriminalized. She said it has been a long hard road to think at any given time she could face arrest be!cause she smoked marijuana. I live in Minnesota right now and they haven't even come as far as filing for medical marijuana. I have ill feelings about this but all I can do for now is to write my political friends at the State House and advocate to them why marijuana needs to be legal. Boy, I am so glad for my mother, she is 70 years old and when you stop in for tea she brings out a joint. Got to love that mother of mine as she has been a firm believer in the fight against marijuana