Founded on July 12, 2004, ProCon.org is the country's leading source for pro, con, and related research on controversial issues. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan public charity, ProCon.org uses professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards to explore more than 80 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy. Understanding issues using this structured methodology helps to improve academic performance, increase civic engagement, strengthen personal resiliency, bridge political divides, and stimulate critical thinking – the #1 skill sought by employers and educators.
The mission statement at ProCon.org is:
"Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format."
The award-winning ProCon.org website serves more than 20 million people each year, including students and teachers in more than 11,000 schools in all 50 states and 90 foreign countries. Additionally, 37 US state governments, 17 US state departments of education, 31 foreign governments, 25 US federal agencies, and thousands of media articles have cited ProCon.org.
For the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections, the voter information guides at ProCon.org attracted millions of readers. The New York Times ("Great Free Websites for Teaching Election 2012," Sep. 5, 2012) hailed the ProCon.org election site as: "The most comprehensive teaching tool for researching the candidate's stance on issues."
ProCon.org is a free public service that is entirely donor supported. The nonprofit rating agency Guidestar gives ProCon.org its highest Platinum rating. Great Nonprofits has declared ProCon.org a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" for the last 8 years in a row. The Library of Congress has archived ProCon.org for having "materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people." Donate to become a supporting member of ProCon.org at www.SupportProCon.org.
Kamy Akhavan Former CEO of ProCon.org; Executive Director of USC's Center for the Political Future; Professional speaker on overcoming the red-blue divide in government, workplace, and home
Howard Baldwin Former NHL executive; producer of the Academy Award-winning film Ray
Karen Baldwin Actress; producer of the Academy Award-winning film Ray
Victoria Fine Founder & CEO, Finally; former Director of Strategy and Audience Development at Slate; former Managing Editor at Upworthy; former Adjunct Professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
John Gable Founder and CEO of AllSides.com; former executive at Netscape, Mozilla, and Microsoft
Jack Gorman, MD Co-Founder of Critica LLC; former Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University
Sara Gorman, PhD, MPH Co-Founder of Critica LLC; Project Manager for Global Public Health and Johnson & Johnson; Researcher in Epidemiology at Harvard University
Celeste Headlee Public radio host and speaker; author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter
Kathy Wagner Hill, PhD Director of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Cynthia Hirschhorn, MA Architect; Founder of Unycyn Civics Arts
Sheila Suess Kennedy, JD Professor of Law and Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); former Executive Director of Indiana Civil Liberties Union
Anthony Pennay Chief Learning Officer at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute; Chair of the Education Committee for the American Alliance of Museums
Shermichael Singleton Contributing Host, Vox Media's "Consider It" on Facebook Watch; former Deputy Chief of Staff at the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Mark Anthony Thomas Senior Vice President of Partnerships at New York City Economic Development Corporation; former Director of the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team for City of Los Angeles
According to our audited financials, in 2017 ProCon.org received $1,063,437 in total support and revenue. Of our $893,636 in 2017 expenses, $761,319 (85.2%) was spent on program services, $55,970 (6.3%) on management and general expenses, and $76,347 (8.5%) on fundraising expenses. ProCon.org operates with such a high percentage of its expenditures in program services for several reasons, including: we spend small amounts to yield large amounts of funds raised, our operation is remarkably efficient, we have an all volunteer Board of Directors, and we have received in-kind donations to offset expenses such as advertising, rent, and accounting services.
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