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Founded on July 12, 2004, is the country’s leading source for pro, con, and related research on controversial issues. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan public charity, uses professional researchers and rigorous editorial standards to explore more than 70 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 is: “Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, and primarily pro-con format.”

The award-winning 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

For the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections, the voter information guides at attracted millions of readers. The New York Times(“Great Free Websites for Teaching Election 2012,” Sep. 5, 2012) hailed the election site as: “The most comprehensive teaching tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” is a free public service that is entirely donor supported. The nonprofit rating agency Guidestar gives its highest Platinum rating. Great Nonprofits has declared a “Top-Rated Nonprofit” for the last 8 years in a row. The Library of Congress has archived for having “materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people.” Donate to become a supporting member of at

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