To explore the role of bridge carboxylate coordination modes on the catalase-like activities of dinuclear manganese compounds, [Mn II 2 (bpmapa) 2 (H 2 O) 2 ](ClO 4 ) 2 (1), [Mn II 2 (pbpmapa) 2 (H 2 O) 2 ](ClO 4 ) 2 (2), and [Mn II 2 (bpmaa) 2 (H 2 O) 3 ](ClO 4 ) 2 (3) (bpmapa = [bis(2-pyridylmethyl) amino]propionic acid, pbpmapa = α-phenyl-β-[bis(2-pyridylmethyl) amino]propionic acid, and bpmaa = [bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amino]acetic acid), in which Mn II -Mn II centers have a similar coordination sphere but different carboxylate-Mn bridging modes have been synthesized and structurally characterized by single X-ray diffraction, UV-visible, IR, and EPR spectroscopies, and their catalase-like activities were investigated. Studies of their catalytic activities and the influence of the nitrogenous bases on their catalytic activities indicated that the carboxylate-Mn coordination mode was crucial in H 2 O 2 deprotonation, and eventually in H 2 O 2 disproportionation. Compound 1 with a bidentate carboxylate bridge showed higher catalase-like activity than 2 and 3, in which the carboxylate groups have a monodentate bridging mode. The deprotonation ability of the carboxylate anion was determined by the O-C-O angle and the distance between the weakly bound oxygen of the bridging carboxylate to the manganese ion. The smaller the angle, and the shorter the distance, the stronger the basicity that the carboxylate anion exhibits. The bidentate μ-1,1 bridging coordination mode functionally mimicked the glutamate residues at the manganese catalase active site. Our results suggested that increasing the basicity of the bridging carboxylate ligand of the catalase model compounds will increase their deprotonation ability and lead to more active catalase mimics.