Graham believes that from whom much has been given, much is expected.
His community contributions include:
The River Valley Alliance
Graham is a board member and chair of the River Valley Alliance Advisory Committee.
The River Valley Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the vision of a park bordering the North Saskatchewan River, starting at the town of Devon southwest of Edmonton, through Edmonton and continuing downstream to the city of Fort Saskatchewan in the northeast.
When finished, the river valley park, with at least one continuous multi-use trail will be, at 88 kilometres long, the longest park of its kind in the world. In the park will be wilderness zones, recreational areas, water access points, marinas and so on.
The River Valley Alliance is an outstanding example of regional municipal cooperation, being owned by the city of Edmonton and seven other Alberta municipalities bordering the North Saskatchewan River.
Catholic Social Services
Graham has been a member of the Catholic Social Services Sign of Hope Campaign Cabinet for decades. He is inspired by the magnificent work of Catholic Social Services in Northern Alberta, a low-key, humble and efficient social services agency. Founded in 1961, Catholic Social Services now offers over 150 social programs, assists over 65,000 clients annually, has a staff of over 1,000, a volunteer base of about 1,200 and a budget of over $60 million.
The non-profit agency is extensively contracted by the Alberta government to fulfil the government's obligation to the less fortunate among us.
The Sign of Hope campaign raises funds to tackle social programs not funded by governments, but where help is needed. In 2003, Graham chaired the Sign of Hope campaign. He continues to co-chair its Tour of Hope program, where donors and friends of the agency visit program sites to learn about Catholic Social Services.
Graham is the founder and spokesperson for the Edmonton Sun's Adopt-A-Teen Christmas gift program for teens from disadvantaged families. Using funds raised from the community, Adopt-A-Teen purchases $50 Walmart gift cards for teens in all low-income families registered for Christmas assistance with either the Edmonton Christmas Bureau or the Salvation Army.
In 2011, 8,200 teens were able to enjoy Christmas, thanks to the $410,000 raised in Adopt-A-Teen's Christmas campaign. As a Christmas project administered by the Christmas Bureau, Adopt-A-Teen has next to no overhead.
The ATCO / Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction
Graham was the founder and long-time producer of the ATCO/Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction. The largest silent auction of its kind in Canada solicits donations, and then over three days in the Edmonton Sun in October, puts up some 300 auction packages for auction online. The auction raises $250,000 to $350,000, split between four charities: The United Way of the Capital Region, The Edmonton Christmas Bureau, Catholic Social Services and the Stollery Children's Hospital.