In 2016, Sharon Virts established the Sharon D. Virts Foundation because of her desire to help mend Loudoun County, Virginia’s vast chasm between poverty and affluence — a chasm Sharon knew well from her childhood on the other side.
The Foundation was created to support what Sharon refers to as the pillars of a thriving community: Education, Culture and Historic Preservation, Health, and Opportunity Development (ECHO), particularly in economically depressed and rural communities. The Foundation’s focus has been on Loudoun County as it executes its multifaceted mission to reinforce the cultural significance and assist in the preservation of historical sites; ignite initiatives that fuel business and economic growth; strengthen and enhance access to healthcare facilities available to the community; encourage and bolster educational institutions for economically disadvantaged students; and mentor and develop the next generation of up and coming leaders.
In 2018, Sharon and Scott rebranded The Foundation as the Virts Miller Foundation looking to expand its focus to support other communities in which they live.
To date, the Virts Miller Foundation has supported numerous organizations throughout Loudoun County, including the INOVA Loudoun Hospital, the Loudoun County Education Foundation, A Place to Be, Land Trust Virginia, the Freedom Center, Loudoun Museum and many more.