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Tough Guy Book Club is a men’s pub book club with over 90 locations that encourages guys to read more, talk more, and have more friends. We do this by making it fun, interesting, and something that men consider important. We encourage guys to talk more about the books we read, books that are full of big ideas, and that relate to things going on in men’s day-to-day lives. We build strong friendships that in turn, build strong communities leading to better mental health outcomes for the guys within them.

And we do it all while having a laugh with the lads down the pub.

Tough Guy Book Club is, and will always be free to attend. Money should never be the barrier for members of our community to access our Chapters and we intend to keep it that way.

In order to keep our book club running, we rely on dontations from partners and supporters. Every donation helps us to open more Chapters and to bring more men and great book conversations to the pubs of Australia. They are used to promote our club in places where men need to read more, talk more, and have more friends and to train our volunteers to be the best community leaders they can be. Tough Guy Book Club works because of the ongoing commitment of our volunteers, who continue to amaze us by their acts of compassion, mateship, and care. Your support will allow them to continue to do this.

We are especially excited to achieve our 2023 goal of reaching 100 Chapters. We have a lot of work to get there, but we know it’s important work that you can support.


We are always on the look-out to partner with like-minded organisations who care about the same things we do. By sponsoring us, you can not only help our club continue to grow, you would also be connecting your brand to three important things:

1 . Reading has been proven to have super positive outcomes for people’s mental and physical health. (HealthLine)

2 . Australian men are famously bad at communicating about anything besides sports, and this is leading to adverse health outcomes for them. (R U Okay)

3 . Australian men are going through a social isolation and loneliness epidemic, and pubs are important community hubs that can be part of the solution. (AIHW)


We are open to a wide range of customised sponsorship offers and have prospective packages available from $10,000 - $100,000 to suit your needs. If you are interested in sponsoring Tough Guy Book Club, please contact Founder and CEO, Shay Leighton at [email protected]. We'd love to speak further about what we do and how we can work together for a better future.

When people look up Tough Guy Book Club up online they find two things; first, a massive, loud, fun, healthy and supportive community of men in pubs; and second, news reports about how Tough Guy Book Club is addressing men’s loneliness and isolation, promoting literacy and communication, and building mateship.

Our brand is big, loud, and male. It’s serious enough to have credibility but still be fun and rowdy. A brand that supports us shows that they want to help the men of Australia to have a better and healthier time with their pubs. Its demonstrates that a brand cares not just for sales but also for the culture involved with the communities we support.


Don't take our word for it. Check out what the Australian Men's Health Forum, the Age, and the Guardian had to say about us.

- The Tough Guy Book Club wins Victoria 2020 Men’s Health Award

- The wildly successful Tough Guy Book Club

- A night with Tough Guy Book CLub


If sponsorship's not an option but you still want to do your part to support Tough Guy Book Club, there are a variety of ways to do so. The easiest is to click the link below and make a donation today!


One-time donations:

You can make a secure online donation by clicking the "Donations" link above. You'll be able to choose your donation amount and payment method.

Monthly donations:

By setting up a recurring monthly donation, you'll provide ongoing support to Tough Guy Book Club. Even a small amount will make a big difference to our program and supporting our mission over time.

In-kind donations:

Interested in providing an in-kind donation to our club of goods or services? Please contact our Financial Manager, Steve at [email protected]

Tax Deductibility:

Tough Guy Book Club is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means that your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

Every element of your support counts, no matter how small. By supporting our club, you're helping us to make a positive impact on the lives of men in our community and we thank you for your support!