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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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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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.

2 David349

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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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Rating: 5

ProCon.org is a GREAT resource for teaching current events. I honestly would be lost without it. The Presidential Election section/quiz was really eye opening to my students. I have recommended the site to other teachers, administrators, and to parents.

I will also use the election section with my US HIstory class next fall.

It is so important for everyone, but especially students to learn that there is more than one side to an issue, and substantive facts support different views.

Kudos to a marvelous educational tool.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a college student, I find an abundant information that I can use in my research and it is up to date as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This website is vital to the success of my classroom debates. I love the variety of sources that are used.

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Rating: 5

This website is great! So glad I stumbled onto it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Their only agenda: informing you without an agenda

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Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Tim_34

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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