Striving to create a world in which people have what they need and where economic, educational and health disparities are diminished.

About Us

Our Name

Pace from the Latin word for Peace, and Able for improving the individual’s capacity for a fulfilling, productive life.

Pace Able Foundation believes that through enabling a few people who have the conviction, they can make a difference through funding, access to mentoring and an ecosystem of tools to take the next steps to enhance a development or social structure.
We look to partner with energetic organizations that want to effect changes that improve people’s lives measurably, improving health, economic status and educational outcomes.
Bart Burstein and Leslie White are the husband and wife team behind Pace Able. We bring an array of perspectives to share with grantees. Bart has been a tech executive in Silicon Valley. Leslie has both tech and education backgrounds.

Our Team

Bart Burstein
Successful career through multiple Silicon Valley startups. Extensive experience in international business development and channels. Practicing Quaker.
Leslie White
Worked in development and marketing in Silicon Valley. Later became a reading specialist, working with struggling readers.
Our Advisors
Aaron Bean
Over twenty years human resource leadership experience in both public and private companies.  Forward thinking and startup-savvy executive.
Seamus Hennessy
Silicon Valley finance black belt, & guru CFO. Taken companies public and to $500M annual turnover.
Sara Johnson

sara_jBay Area native and social impact aficionado, obsessed with impact.

How We Work

Pace Able actively partners with grantee agencies. For that reason, we only invite a few organizations to apply for grants. Beyond monetary support, we craft the partnership collaboratively to match our skills to the needs of the grantee. This is the process invited prospects can expect:


Fill out a concise statement of your organization’s goals, program, strategy and business plan.

Review & Converse

Pace Able and its advisory board will review the application and hold conversations with you to determine mutual fit.


Together we will craft a multi-year collaboration that will move your program to reach its goals.
Pace Able funds projects that make life better for people, projects that are scalable, sustainable and measurable. We engage with agricultural, health care and financial inclusion projects in the developing world. Most education projects are located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Who We Fund

Technology that improves farmers’ productivity and profitability.


Programs that boost school achievement for children of color.


Capacity Building
Innovations that create jobs and increase the capacity of society.


Solutions to improve public health systems and health outcomes.


Partner Stories

Our grantee partners span from Gulu, Uganda to Hanoi, Vietnam. And they all have committed teams working hard to improve lives through their social ventures. Read their blog posts to learn how they incorporated startup know-how to get their business basics right.