There is a buzz about social enterprise. The promise of nonprofits being able to sustain themselves and becoming masters of their own future is indeed alluring. But is there substance beyond the sizzle? Are these enterprises delivering on their promise of revenues? And are the goods or services offered by these enterprises consistent with the missions of the parent nonprofits? To find out, Community Wealth Ventures (CWV), a consulting firm, conducted a telephone survey of executive directors of...

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